|IT Based Tactics||✓|
Perris is an old railway city in Riverside County, California, located about 70 miles east-southeast of Los Angeles and 80 miles north of San Diego. Its populaiton is approximately 80,000. Prostitution activity has been well-documented throughout the county, including in the city of Perris, and the problems and ancillary crimes it generates results in complaints to law enforcement agencies from residents and businesses. Among the more serious crimes associated with the local commercial sex market is sex trafficking.
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. Demand reduction tactics used in the city include reverse stings and the public disclosure of sex buyer identities. For example, in January, 2023, a series of law enforcement operations throughout Riverside County targeting suspects seeking or engaged in illicit sexual services produced 31 arrests. The county’s Anti-Human Trafficking Task Force joined other agencies statewide in “Operation Reclaim & Rebuild,” with the goal of suppressing the sex trade by targeting sex buyers, as well as identifying and supporting victims, and apprehending sex traffickers. The effort in Riverside County occurred when identical sweeps were taking place in numerous other jurisdictions across California. Operation Reclaim & Rebuild netted a total of 368 arrests and 131 rescues statewide. In Riverside County, arrests were made in Perris, as well as in Banning, Hemet, Lake Elsinore, Menifee, Murrieta, Riverside, San Jacinto, Temecula and Wildomar. About the operation, a Sergeant with the Riverside County Sheriff’s Office said,
“The operation targeted online prostitution and those whose demand for these unlawful activities fuels an illicit underground economy, both locally, as well as across the state. Often, individuals engaging in acts of prostitution are being forced to commit sexual acts against their will.”
Most of the individuals apprehended in the Riverside County operation were booked on suspicion of solicitation of prostitution, though one was additionally taken into custody for alleged pimping, and various services and resources were provided and offered to seven rescued victims. The identities of the arrested sex buyers were included in a press release by the Riverside County Sheriff’s Office.
- Riverside County Sheriff’s Office
- Perris Police Department
Web-Based Reverse Stings, Identity Disclosure:
- https://patch.com/california/prostitution-sting-nets-31-arrests-across-riverside-county (2023)
- https://www.riversidesheriff.org/Operation Reclaim and Rebuild 2023 (2023)
Background on Local Prostitution and Sex Trafficking:
- “Human Trafficking a Problem in Inland Area, Police Say”, Riverside Post-Enterprise, April 25 2011.
- “Two Sentenced in Sex-Trafficking Cases”, San Diego Union-Tribune, November 7 2011.
- “CORONA: Human Trafficking a Reality in Inland Area, Expert Says”, Riverside Post-Enterprise, January 26 2012.
- “Federal Indictments in Riverside/LA Prostitution Ring”, ABC/KABC-TV 7, August 9 2012.
- “Riverside: Underage Girls Rescued in Sex Trafficking Sting”, Southwest Riverside News Network, January 29 2013.
- “Man Charged with 61 Felonies in FB Prostitution Pandering Case,” ABC/KESQ-TV 3, November 19 2015.
- “Valley Children Lead to Sex Trafficking Arrest,” Palm Springs Desert Sun, November 19 2015.
- https://www.pressenterprise.com/perris-man-accused-of-pimping/ (2015)
- https://www.facebook.com/WhatisgoingoninRiversideCounty/posts/ (2017)
- https://ktla.com/news/local-news/64-people-arrested-2-women-rescued-during-anti-human-trafficking-operation-in-riverside-county-sheriffs-dept/ (2021)
- https://www.riversidesheriff.org/CivicAlerts.aspx (2022)
Comments are closed.