Santa Clarita, CA

Tactics Used

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

Santa Clarita is a city in Los Angeles County, California with a population of approximately 211,000. Prostitution has been identified by law enforcement as a problem in the city, and residents and business owners have complained to law enforcement about prostitution. Reports of sexual assaults of prostituted women have also been documented.

In response to such concerns, police have targeted consumer-level demand for commercial sex. The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department’s Santa Clarita Valley Station officers have conducted street-level reverse stings in the community since 1993 which have garnered dozens of arrests of sex buyers.

In May, 2019 the Los Angeles Regional Human Trafficking Task Force, along with deputies from the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station, conducted a human trafficking operation at a Santa Clarita area hotel on May 21.  Five male adults were arrested after responding to sexually suggestive ads placed on several internet sites. Each of the males agreed to meet undercover Sheriff’s deputies at a local hotel for the purposes of commercial sex.

Key Partners

  • Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department
    • Santa Clarita Valley Station
  • Los Angeles Regional Human Trafficking Task Force

Key Sources

Street-Level Reverse Stings:

Web-Based Reverse Stings:

Background on Prostitution and Sex Trafficking in the Area:

State California
Type City
Population 210888
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