North Highlands, 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

North Highlands is a census-designated place of approximately 49,000 residents, located north of Sacramento in Sacramento County, California. Local law enforcement and business owners have reported problems with prostitution in the community for years. Among the more serious crimes associated with the local commercial sex market is sex trafficking. A wide range of additional crimes associated with the local sex trade have also been documented, including the murder of prostituted women and the assault and robbery of sex buyers in the area.

Consumer level demand provides the revenue stream for all prostitution and sex trafficking, and has therefore been targeted by local law enforcement agencies as a strategy for prevention and response. The Sacramento County Sheriff’s Department conducts periodic reverse stings. For example, in June 2014, SCSD deputies  conducted a street-level reversal in North Highlands along Watt Avenue. The operation resulted in the arrest of 24 sex buyers, including one minor. All arrestees’ names, ages, and mugshots were released to the public.

Key Partners

  • Sacramento County Sheriff’s Department

Key Sources

Street-Level Reverse Stings, Identity Disclosure:

Sex Trafficking and Child Sexual Exploitation in the Area:

Documented Violence against Individuals Engaged in Prostitution in the Area:

Background on Prostitution in the Area:

State California
Type City
Population 48660
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