Redlands, CA

Tactics Used

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

Redlands is a city of approximately 69,000 residents, located between San Bernardino and Moreno Valley in San Bernardino County, California. Prostitution and sex trafficking have been identified by local residents and law enforcement as substantial problems in the area, including the serial murder of prostituted women in 1977, and the murder of another prostituted woman in 2013.  To address problems arising from commercial sex, the Redlands Police Department has conducted a handful of reverse stings at city parks and within adult-oriented businesses.  In one three-hour reverse operation in 2003, eight johns were arrested.

In April 2013, the San Bernardino County District Attorney’s Office announced a new policy targeting sex buyers. Dubbed the Stop-the-Johns Project, the initiative will document and publicize the names and photos of all individuals arrested and convicted of solicitation in the county. All johns, including those arrested in Redlands, will have their identities posted on the District Attorney’s website.

Key Sources

State California
Type City
Population 69941
Location
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