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LASD - Compton Station, Los Angeles County Sheriff
Tuesday August 21st, 2012 :: 12:48 p.m. PDT
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Compton Sheriff’s Station prostitution sting operation nets 19 arrests

Compton Sheriff’s Station prostitution sting operation nets 19 arrests
A “John” sting in Compton yielded 12 suspected 'Johns,' 3 suspected females for prostitution and 4 for pimping/pandering.
On Friday, August 17, 2012, the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Major Crimes Bureau Vice Unit and the Compton Station Special Assignment Team conducted a “John” sting operation. The operation used plainclothes female deputies as decoys over a 12 hour period at the Hub Motel located on the 700 block of South Long Beach Boulevard in the city Compton.
The men were arrested after paying the decoys money for sexual favors. The suspected female prostitutes were also arrested, when they were observed motioning passing vehicles in an apparent attempt to gain the attention of male motorists. The latter four individuals were arrested for Pimping and Pandering. All of the arrests were made without incident. One female was additionally charged for possession of a dangerous weapon, dagger. Each was either taken to the Century Regional Detention Facility for booking or they were released from the location of their arrest with a citation.
The purpose for the operation was to clean up an area of Long Beach Boulevard notoriously frequented by prostitutes. Sometimes, prostitutes would come from out-of-town and set up shop at a motel and use the Internet to market their services. It was not difficult for a customer, sitting in his car with his laptop, to find a nearby room number. Prostitutes would also stand along Long Beach Boulevard and flag down passing motorists.
In June 2012, deputies arrested seventeen women on suspicion of intending to commit prostitution along Long Beach Boulevard. In that operation, deputies watched as various women flagged down cars. After watching the women for a short period time and after being warned to leave; those who ignored the deputies’ orders were arrested.

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LASD - Compton Station, Los Angeles County Sheriff
301 South Willowbrook Avenue
Compton, CA 90220

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Sergeant Ulysses S. Cruz
LASD/FORII/COMPTON
uacruz@lasd.org
310-605-3502

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