San Ramon, CA

Tactics Used

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

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.

Key Partners

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

Key Sources

State California
Type City
Population 73927
Location
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