San Ramon, 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

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 cases of forced prostitution of minor girls (i.e., child sex trafficking) since 2004, and at least one case of the targeted robbery of a prostituted woman.

In an effort to address these issues and the wide range of other crimes driven by the local sex trade, 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.

Key Partners

  • San Ramon Police Department
  • Contra Costa County Sheriff’s Office

Key Sources

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:

Documented Violence against Individuals Engaged in Prostitution in the Area:

Background on Prostitution in the Area:

State California
Type City
Population 73927
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