Newport Beach, CA

Tactics Used

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

Newport Beach is a coastal city in Orange County, California, near Los Angeles. Its population is about 85,000.  Prostitution and sex trafficking are prevalent and well documented in the city and surrounding areas.  Recently, there have been several sting operations in Newport Beach targeting sex buyers who have solicited undercover officers for prostitution.  These stings usually involve:

  1. Police placing a false ad in publications such as craigslist or OC Weekly
  2. The ad has a designated phone number for the buyers to call
  3. Police rent a hotel room where the undercover female officer agrees to meet the johns
  4. Police rent an additional room nearby where the law enforcement team sets up their sting operation (including devices to monitor recordings, an area to book the johns they arrest)
  5. The operations usually involve close to 10 law enforcement officers

Convictions for violating California Penal Code section 647(b) requires the District Attorney to prove the following:

  1. The defendant agreed to engage in an act of prostitution with someone else
  2. The defendant intended to engage in an act of prostitution with that person  AND
  3. In addition to agreeing, the defendant did something to further the commission of an act of prostitution

The crime of prostitution is a “specific intent” crime, and the prosecutor has the burden of proving the sex buyer specifically intended to engage in an act of sex exchanged for money.


Key Partners

  • Newport Beach Police Department
  • Orange County District Attorney’s Office
  • Orange County District Sheriff’s Office
State California
Type City
Population 85694
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