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Sacramento DA / Media / Press Release Archives / 2017 Press Release Archives / 8.17.17: OPERATION: HOT SPOTS - Human Trafficking “John” Stings

Human Trafficking “John” Stings 

District Attorney Anne Marie Schubert announces “Operation: Hot Spots,” a coordinated countywide sting operation aimed at reducing the demand side of human trafficking by targeting sex buyers.

Community based organizations from the Sacramento Together Against Human Trafficking coalition voiced the need to crack down on “Johns,” who fund and sustain the sex trafficking trade.  In response, DA Anne Marie Schubert led the effort to organize this countywide operation, with a commitment from law enforcement to conduct operations throughout the year to reduce sex trafficking. 

The District Attorney’s Office coordinated a training for law enforcement agencies with experts on human trafficking victims (adults and juveniles), suspect tactics/manipulations, trafficking investigations, what to look for and what evidence to collect for prosecutions as well as community resources and services available to victims of human trafficking.  Victim advocates are also involved in the sting operations to assist with services if necessary.

On August 16, 2017, multiple law enforcement agencies conducted sting operations throughout the county.  In a show of support and importance of these efforts, DA Anne Marie Schubert joined Sheriff Scott Jones and Sacramento Police Chief Daniel Hahn on ride-alongs for street sting operations on Watt Ave. and Stockton Blvd.

Those convicted of soliciting another for prostitution or agreeing to engage in an act of prostitution, face a maximum penalty of 180 days in county jail, will be subject to search and seizure, and may be ordered to stay away from the involved locations or known “stroll” areas.

DA Schubert states, “Hearing the request of organizations and victims to expand our efforts in fighting human trafficking by targeting sex buyers, our law enforcement agencies are now working collaboratively to meet this challenge.  Our county and city law enforcement sting operations should send a strong and unified message that purchasing sex from trafficking victims will not be tolerated in our community.”  

Results of Operation: Hot Spots 
Total Number of Arrests: 39

*Types of arrests may exceed the number of those arrested as some were arrested for multiple crimes.

Sacramento County Sheriff’s Department: Street Operation

Number Arrested: 17

Types of Arrests: (6) loitering for prostitution, (1) resisting arrest, (2) probation violation, (1) possession of drugs, (1) drunk in public, (4) outstanding warrant

Sacramento Police Department: Street Operation

Number Arrested: 8

Types of Arrests: (7) soliciting for prostitution, (1) loitering for prostitution, (1) drug possession, (2) outstanding warrant

Rancho Cordova Police Department: Hotel/Motel Operation

Number Arrested: 3

Types of Arrests: (3) soliciting for prostitution

Citrus Heights Police Department:  Hotel/Motel Operation

Number Arrested: 9

Types of Arrests: (7) soliciting for prostitution, (2) pandering

Folsom Police Department: Hotel/Motel Operation

Number Arrested: 2

Types of Arrests: (2) soliciting in public


Sacramento Together is a coalition of law enforcement, state and local public agencies, and community based organizations meeting regularly and working together to combat human trafficking and exploitation in our community.

The coalition works to combat human trafficking and exploitation by working together to treat, educate and remove children and young adults from life threatening situations.  Working collaboratively, the coalition coordinates and maximizes community response efforts as well as utilizes all of our regional assets to better serve victims of sexual and labor exploitation.  The collaboration also increases public awareness about human trafficking.  For more information, visit


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