Sacramento County is a county of approximately 1.4 million residents, including the cities Sacramento, Rancho Cordova, and North Highlands, California. The county has had activity of serial rapists and murderers that specifically targeted prostituted women. Many cases of child sex trafficking have been documented in the county; other, less severe local problems linked to prostitution have generated numerous complaints from residents.
Sacramento County Sheriff’s Deputies conduct stings and have been conducting reverse stings since 2007 that routinely target and arrest johns. The FBI and local law enforcement agencies conducted Operation Cross Country VI in June 2012. The operation targets child prostitution and is coordinated by the Innocence Lost Initiative. The operation is a partnership between law enforcement and the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children. The Sacramento efforts, with six arrests and six victims recovered, accounted for nearly 8 percent of the victims rescued during the national Operation Cross Country VI. Since the first operation in June 2008, multi-agency teams in the Sacramento Division area have recovered 23 children and arrested 18 pimps.
In May 2018, twelve men were arrested in a multiagency reverse sting in south Sacramento County. The operation was carried out by a regional coalition called Sacramento Together, which includes the Sacramento County Sheriff’s Department, the Sacramento County District Attorney’s Office, and the Rancho Cordova and Sacramento police departments. Of the arrests, 9 suspects were detained on suspicion of soliciting a prostitute and one person was held for supervising or aiding a prostitute. The remaining two arrests were related to outstanding warrants, authorities said. Victim advocates with Community Against Sexual Harm, a women’s support group, and the Sacramento County district attorney also offered services to women in the area prior to the sting, a press release by the Sacramento County District Attorney’s Office said Thursday.
People convicted of soliciting prostitution or agreeing to engage in prostitution acts can face up to 180 days in jail and ordered to stay away from “stroll” areas, or known prostitution hot spots (i.e., SOAP Orders).
- Sacramento County Sheriff’s Office
- Sacramento Police Department
- West Sacramento Police Department
- Redding Police Department
- Community Against Sexual Harm
- Sacramento Together coalition
- Sacramento County Sheriff’s Department
- Sacramento County District Attorney’s Office
- Rancho Cordova Police Department
- Sacramento Police Department
- National Assessment Survey and Interview
- Street-Level Reverse Stings and Shaming:
- “Three Area Police Agencies Team Up to Battle Prostitution”, Sacramento Bee, January 20 1996.
- Sex Trafficking and Child Sexual Exploitation in the Area:
- “California Men Sentenced to Federal Prison for Sex Trafficking; Used Straw Corporations to Run Massage Parlors and Tanning Salons Providing Sex Acts”, Press Release, U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Western District of Washington, December 2 2009.
- “6 Teens Taken from Sex Trade”, Sacramento Bee, June 26 2012.
- “Six Arrested, Six Victims Recovered in Sacramento Child Prostitution Sweep”, Redding Record Starlight, June 26 2012.
- “Alleged Brothels Raided in South Sacramento; 4 Arrested”, Sacramento Bee, June 15 2013.
- “Krell Calls DA Lax on Sex Trafficking”, Sacramento Bee, March 27 2014.
- “Krell Rips DA’s Office over Sex-Trafficking Cases; Candidates Say Girls Are Victims, Not Criminals”, Sacramento Bee, May 31 2014.
- “Two Accused of Forcing Yuma County Teen to Work as Prostitute,” Sacramento Bee, July 24 2015.
- Background on Prostitution in the Area:
- “Get Tough on Racy Ads, Detective Asks Yellow Pages”, Sacramento Bee, March 4 1990.
- “Undercover Deputies Smash Prostitution Ring; 2 Arrested”, Sacramento Bee, March 11 1997.
- “County Targets Absent Owners; Proposals Focus on Blighted Property”, Sacramento Bee, September 2 1997.
- “Fines for Landlords Have Reduced Crimes, Officials Say”, Sacramento Bee, December 2 1998.
- “County Targets Tanning Centers; A Special Investigation Unit Cites Six Businesses with Prostitution”, Sacramento Bee, June 27 2002.
- “Crime Declines as Arden Cleans Up; Sheriff’s Department Officials Say Assigning Officers to Work in Certain Neighborhoods Help Offenses Drop”, Sacramento Bee, March 27 2003.
- “Alleged Brothels Ordered to Close; The Sheriff’s Department Is Cracking Down on Prostitution Rings Masquerading as Spas”, Sacramento Bee, February 12 2004.
- “County Targets Illicit Sex Trade; A Proposed Ordinance Would Fight Prostitution Houses that Pose as Massage Businesses”, Sacramento Bee, January 27 2005.
- “Prostitution Sting Nets Arrest and Meat Cleaver”, Sacramento Bee, November 15 2007.