Tustin, 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

Tustin is a city of approximately 80,000 residents, situated south of Los Angeles in Orange County, California. As in the neighboring community of Santa Ana, the city has reported problems with chronic street prostitution for several decades. Prostitution-related homicides have been reported in the city. Tustin residents have also been implicated in serial rapes of women engaged in prostitution, and the assault and forced prostitution of minors in Santa Ana and nearby Stanton.

The Tustin Police Department has used demand-reduction tactics since at least 1990, if not earlier. In November of that year, TPD officers conducted a street-level reverse sting that netted the arrests of 16 sex buyers using a female police decoy. All of the arrestees’ names were publicized by local media outlets. Since that time, law enforcement have conducted reverse stings on a periodic basis, and routinely release the names of arrested sex buyers to the public.

Key Partners

  • Tustin Police Department

Key Sources

Street-Level Reverse Stings, Identity Disclosure:

  • “Prostitution Sting,” Orange County Register, November 16 1990.
  • “Sting Nets 12 Men on Prostitute-Solicitation Charges,” Los Angeles Times, November 16 1990.
  • “Police Try to Keep Prostitutes Moving; Vice Crackdowns Often Push Women from City to City,” Orange County Register, December 16 1990.
  • “TUSTIN STING: Officers Arrest 20 Men in Prostitution Crackdown,” Orange County Register, April 28 1991.
  • “13 Men Arrested in Tustin in Prostitution Operation,” Orange County Register, January 13 1994.
  • “Prostitution Sting Nabs Policeman; POLICE: No Charges Filed Yet against Santa Ana Officer, Who Is Placed on Paid Leave,” Orange County Register, October 18 1994.
  • “5 Men Arrested in Sting; Charged with Lewd Conduct,” Orange County Register, June 22 1995.
  • “Prostitution Sting Nets 6,” Orange County Register, September 14 1995.
  • “6 Arrested in Police Prostitution Sting,” Orange County Register, September 5 1996.
  • “POLICE BEAT; Cops Arrest Four in Sting,” Orange County Register, February 13 1997.
  • “Tustin – Crime Update; Five Busted in Prostitution Sting,” Orange County Register, November 28 2002.

Sex Trafficking and Child Sexual Exploitation in the Area:

  • “Tustin Man Convicted of Abducting and Raping Girl; COURTS: Robert Wooley Also Is Found Guilty of Trying to Sell the 15-Year-Old as a Prostitute,” Orange County Register, March 19 1994.
  • “Tustin Man Gets 63 Years for Rape; COURTS: Convicted Felon Will Be 64 Years Old before He Is Eligible for Parole,” Orange County Register, May 14 1994.

Background on Prostitution in the Area:

Documented Violence against Individuals Engaged in Prostitution in the Area:

State California
Type City
Population 80276
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