Mill Valley, CA

Tactics Used

Auto Seizure
Buyer Arrests
Community Service
Employment Loss
Identity Disclosure
IT Based Tactics
John School
License Suspension
Neighborhood Action
Public Education
Reverse Stings
SOAP Orders
Web Stings

Mill Valley is a city of approximately 14,000 residents, located just north of San Francisco in Marin County, California, near San Rafael. Cases of prostitution and child sexual exploitation have been reported in the city. For example, in 2003, “a 43-year-old Mill Valley man was arraigned on charges that he repeatedly injected a 14-year-old girl with methamphetamine and sexually abused her” in the area. The city also drew national attention in the late 1980s when media outlets described the city as the operational base for a large-scale prostitution ring serving the greater San Francisco Bay area.

In June 2014, deputies from the Marin County Sheriff’s Office and officers from several county police departments conducted a web-based reverse sting in Mill Valley, San Rafael, Corte Madera, and Novato as part of the FBI’s Operation Cross Country. Twenty-two sex buyers were arrested as a result; their identities were not released to the public.

Key Partners

Key Sources

Web-Based Reverse Stings:

Sex Trafficking and Child Sexual Exploitation in the Area:

  • “Mill Valley Man Arraigned on Sex Charges”, Marin Independent Journal, July 16 2003.

Background on Prostitution in the Area:

State California
Type City
Population 14231
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