Salida, 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

Salida is a city of about 15,000 residents, located in the Central Valley area of California, in Stanislaus County. Prostitution has been a substantial problem in the area for decades, with recent activities concentrated in the cities of Modesto, Turlock, and surrounding towns, including Salida. Child sex trafficking is also well documented within the county.  To address these issues, the Stanislaus County Sheriff’s Department has incorporated the use of several demand-driven tactics to identify and apprehend sex buyers. In their efforts, the SCSD routinely conduct street-level reverse stings, at times collaborating with officers from local police departments. Operations typically utilize undercover female officers, who pose as decoys, and also conduct operations targeting online human trafficking.

In September,2019, the Stanislaus County Sheriff’s Department arrested 12 people during a human trafficking sting at a Salida hotel. Deputies posted ads online posing both as men seeking sex and as women offering sex for hire.  Five women were arrested on suspicion of prostitution but were also offered services through Havens Women’s Center. It was on site during the operation organized by Patterson Police Services deputies and done with assistance of other Sheriff’s Department deputies, state parole and the Stanislaus County District Attorney’s Office. Four men were arrested on suspicion of solicitation, and their identities included in news releases.  The Stanislaus County Sheriff’s Department tries to conduct at least one of these stings a quarter and relies on the cooperation of the local motels to conduct them.

Key Partners

  • Stanislaus County Sheriff’s Department
  • Patterson Police Services
  • Stanislaus County District Attorney’s Office
State California
Type City
Population 15269
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