The Long Beach City Prosecutor’s Office and the Long Beach Police Department take human trafficking and prosititution crimes seriously. Both departments have representatives on the Long Beach Human Trafficking Task Force and are committed to ending human trafficking, for sex trade and other purposes.
Prostitution is not a victimless crime. Too often, young women and girls are forced to engage in prostitution to meet the high demand. Also, criminal street gangs are increasingly becoming a force behind prostitution. “Johns” seeking prostitutes are fueling the sex exploitation industry, the profits of which with greater frequently are benefiting dangerous criminal gangs.
Human trafficking of sex victims is not easy for law enforcement to detect. This industry exists, in part, because there is high demand and as long as that demand exists, there will be a market for human trafficking of women and girls.
Long Beach has joined other cities in exposing “Johns” in an effort to educate the public about the link between prostitutuion and human traffic, and to remind those considering purchasing sex that Long Beach does not tolerate prostitution.
For the list of “Johns” convicted of prostitution crimes, view list here.