Palo Alto, 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

Palo Alto it is a city with a population of approximately 67,000, situated in the San Francisco Bay Area about midway between San Francisco and San Jose   The Palo Alto Police Department regularly fields complaints about prostitution from members of the community, and they have conducted prostitution operations in response. Since at least 1989, PAPD officers have conducted reverse stings targeting sex buyers. Operations have sent female law enforcement officers undercover as decoys stationed in areas of reported prostitution activity, and intercept individuals who solicit them for commercial sex acts. Following recent reversals, the names of arrestees have been publicized in press.

Key Partners

  • Palo Alto Police Department

Key Sources

Street-Level Reverse Stings (with Identity Disclosure since at least 2009):

Background on Prostitution in the Area:

State California
Type City
Population 66680
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