Sutter County, CA

Tactics Used

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

Prostitution, sex trafficking, and the rape and murder of prostituted persons have been well-documented in Sutter County.  For example, in 2016 a Yuba City man who had previously been sentenced to state prison for having sex with a minor was charged with raping a prostituted woman, according to court records. In December 2016, three men were charged with a human trafficking case in which they kidnapped a woman in Yuba City, and took her to Antioch against her will with the intent to force her into commercial sex for their profit. Among the serious crimes associated with local commercial sex is the homicide of prostituted women, including one targeted by a serial killer. Joseph Naso was charged with the murders of four women in the 1970s and 1990s, including one in Sutter County.In August 2016 a reverse sex sting operation conducted by the Sutter County Sheriff’s Office and other law enforcement agencies resulted in nearly 40 men taken into custody by police for attempted sex acts with a minor. The operation began in February 2016 with a series of fake Facebook profiles and Craigslist ads that suggested children were available to purchase for sex. The men who responded engaged in chats and other exchanges they thought were with a 14-year-old girl or a 13-year-old boy. The conversations in the sting operation quickly escalated to sex, and meetings were arranged.  Those appearing and showing intent to follow through were arrested, and the suspects were held at Sutter County Jail on a number of charges. The operation involved the Sutter County District Attorney’s office, West Sacramento Police Department, Yolo District Attorney’s office, Yuba City Police Department, Sutter County Sheriff’s Office, Beale Air Force Base, Yuba County Probation Department, and Sutter County Probation Department.In March 2018 a reverse sting operation was conducted that resulted in the arrest of at least two men who were booked in to the Sutter County Jail on charges of prostitution.  The D.A.’s office was assisted by personnel from the Sutter County Sheriff’s Office, Yuba City Police along with the Colusa County Sheriff’s Office and Colusa County D.A. The Sutter County District Attorney’s office at the time announced plans to continue these operations in the future in an attempt to reduce the overwhelming demand of Human Trafficking/prostitution in Sutter County and within its communities, such as Yuba City.

Key Partners

  • Sutter County Sheriff’s Office
  • Sutter County D.A.’s Office
  • Sutter County District Attorney’s Office
  • Sutter County Probation Department
  • West Sacramento Police Department
  • Colusa County Sheriff’s Office
  • Yuba City Police Department
  • Yolo District Attorney’s Office
  • Beale Air Force Base
  • Yuba County Probation Department
State California
Type County
Population 96463
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