North Highlands, CA

Tactics Used

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

North Highlands is a census-designated place of approximately 43,000 residents, located north of Sacramento in Sacramento County, California. Local law enforcement and business owners have reported problems with prostitution and sex trafficking in the community for several years. Media outlets have also documented the murder of prostituted women and assault and robbery of sex buyers in the area.

To address the issue, the Sacramento County Sheriff’s Department conducts periodic reverse stings. 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

State California
Type City
Population 42694
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