Oceanside, CA

Tactics Used

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

Oceanside is a city of approximately 184,000 residents, located near Carlsbad and Vista in San Diego County, California. In an effort to reduce prostitution and sex trafficking in the area, a multi-agency, multi-jurisdiction force consisting of several local law enforcement agencies and federal agencies in North County was created. Dubbed the North County Regional Prostitution/Human Trafficking Task Force, the agency has collaborated with the Oceanside Police Department to conduct street-level and web-based reverse stings since 1985; officers currently conduct an average of 12 such stings per year.  The city has also required arrested men to adhere to SOAP orders, and neighborhood groups have mobilized against prostitution and sex trafficking.  Police have released sex buyers’ names and other identifying information to the local media, but as some refuse to public offenders’ names, the Oceanside PD has made the information available on its official website. While law enforcement and city officials have previously tested ordinances allowing for the seizure of vehicles used for solicitation, the practice has since been suspended.

Key Partners

  • Oceanside Police Department
  • North County Regional Prostitution/Human Trafficking Task Force

Key Sources

State California
Type City
Population 168602
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