San Ramon is a city of approximately 74,000 residents, located in the eastern suburbs of San Francisco near Hayward and San Leandro in Contra Costa County, California. Local law enforcement have reported problems with prostitution in the community for several years. In addition, the city has documented at least two cases of forced prostitution of minor girls since 2004, and at least one case of the targeted robbery of a prostituted woman.
In an effort to address these issues, law enforcement has conducted at least one reverse sting to arrest sex buyers in San Ramon. In September 2005, officers with the San Ramon Police Department and Contra Costa County Sheriff’s Office staged a web-based operation at a local motel. According to the San Ramon Valley Tribune, officers used “an undercover Contra Costa County Sheriff’s deputy to pose as a prostitute, [and] arrested seven men on suspicion of soliciting sex. Officers also posed as customers, calling women with ads posted online, and arrested two women for offering sexual services for sale.” It is unclear if the arrestees’ names were released to the public.
- San Ramon Police Department
- Contra Costa County Sheriff’s Office
- Web-Based Reverse Stings:
- “Sting Targets San Ramon Flesh Trade; Officers Arrest Nine on Suspicion of Soliciting Sex; Operation Also Went after Prostitution Suspects”, San Ramon Valley Times, September 23 2005.
- Sex Trafficking and Child Sexual Exploitation in the Area:
- “Islander Is Charged as Pimp for Teens; Police Say ‘Master’ Preyed on Pair of Girls’ Need for Affection”, Oakland Tribune, April 27 2004.
- “Two Teens Leave Group Home in San Ramon for Street Life; Alameda Man Faces Multiple Sex Charges after Arrest Involving Girls who Had Been Living in Valley”, Pleasanton Tri-Valley Herald, April 27 2004.
- “Trial for San Ramon Man Charged with Pimping Underage Girls Underway”, San Ramon Patch, March 13 2012.
- “Victim Testifies in San Ramon Man’s Pimping Trial; Underage Girl Tells Court She and Two Others Were Forced to Offer Sex for Money”, Pleasanton Weekly, March 15 2012.
- “Jury Gets Cases against Men Charged with Pimping Underage Girls in San Ramon”, Oakland Tribune, April 5 2012.
- “Jury Deliberations in San Ramon Pimping Case Start Monday”, San Ramon Patch, April 8 2012.
- “San Ramon Sex Trafficking Trial Ends with Guilty Verdicts”, Oakland Tribune, April 11 2012.
- “Two Convicted in San Ramon Underage Prostitution Case; Sentencing Set for May”, San Ramon Express, April 12 2012.
- “Two Men Found Guilty of Pimping Runaways; Victims — 13, 16 and 17 — Sold for Sex out of San Ramon Home”, Contra Costa Times, April 12 2012.
- “Two Men Sentenced for Pimping Girls out of San Ramon House”, San Jose Mercury-News, May 4 2012.
- Documented Violence against Individuals Engaged in Prostitution in the Area:
- “Cop Said to Rob Prostitutes”, San Francisco Chronicle, May 14 2011.
- “FBI Jumps into San Ramon Police Scandal”, ABC/KNTV-TV 11, May 17 2011.
- “Former CNET Head Pleads Guilty to Drug, Other Charges”, FOX/KTVU-TV 2, December 5 2012.
- “CNET Cop Wielsch Sentenced to 14 Years in Prison”, FOX/KTVU-TV 2, May 20 2013.
- Background on Prostitution in the Area:
- “Police Arrest Pair on Sex Charges; Police Say San Ramon Salon Likely Is Part of a Growing Industry in the East Bay, They Say the Bust Is ‘Just the Tip of the Iceberg'”, San Ramon Valley Times, December 13 2002.
- “San Ramon Police Shut down Alleged House of Prostitution; Officers Charge Two Women after Arrests at Lotus Touch Parlor”, Oakland Tribune, December 15 2002.
- “San Ramon Police Bust Prostitution Ring; Arrest the Culmination of a Month-Long Investigation”, Oakland Tribune, July 3 2004.
- “Massage Providers May Be in Tight Grip; San Ramon Officials Want to Adopt Updated, More Stringent Rules to Discourage Illegal Establishments”, San Ramon Valley Times, July 13 2005.
- “Craigslist’s Dark Side Tipping off Cops”, Oakland Tribune, November 28 2005.
- “Same Name, Wrong Place; Spa Owner Suffers Fallout; San Ramon: Businesswoman Says Customers Are Confusing Her Firms with One that Was Busted in Prostitution Sting”, Contra Costa Times, May 23 2007.
- “San Ramon Will Require Hotels to Provide Information about Their Guests”, Oakland Tribune, July 15 2009.