Lomita, CA

Tactics Used

Reverse stings
Auto seizure
Community service
Public education
Neighborhood action
SOAP orders
John school
Web stings
License suspension

Lomita is a city of approximately 20,000 residents, located near Torrance in southwest Los Angeles County, California. Although anti-prostitution efforts in the city appear to be limited, the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department has conducted at least one reverse sting in the area.

In September 1996, officers initiated a large-scale anti-prostitution crackdown along the business corridor of Pacific Coast Highway in Lomita and the neighboring communities of Harbor City and Wilmington. A total of 36 johns and 12 prostituted women were arrested during the operation. It is unclear if their identities were disclosed to the public.



Key Partners

  • Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department

Key Sources

  • Street-Level Reverse Stings:
    • “Port Sting Operation Nets 48”, Torrance Daily Breeze, September 18 1996.
  • Background on Prostitution in the Area:
    • “Raid Hits Lomita, Torrance Clubs”, Torrance Daily Breeze, March 18 1997.
    • “Councilman Sides with Lomita Nightclub, Law on Escort Services Challenged”, Torrance Daily Breeze, September 8 1997.
State California
Type City
Population 20256
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