Sylmar, CA

Tactics Used

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

Sylmar is a district in the San Fernando Valley region of the City of Los Angeles with a population of approximately 82,000. Prostitution and sex trafficking have been identified by law enforcement as substantial problems in the district. To address the issue, the Los Angeles Police Department has conducted street-level reverse stings since 1991. One such operation, conducted in July 1991, resulted in the arrest of 31 johns. Offenders’ names are not typically made public.

Key Partners

  • Los Angeles Police Department


Key Sources

  • Reverse Stings:
    • “San Fernando Valley: Briefly”, Los Angeles Daily News, July 7 1991.
State California
Type City
Population 81970
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