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Published on May 22, 2024
San Francisco Police Arrest 30 in Prostitution Sting in Mission DistrictSource: San Francisco Police Department

The streets of San Francisco's Mission District have been under the keen watch of local law enforcement as police crack down on prostitution-related activities. A report published by the San Francisco Police Department details an eight-night sting operation targeting the solicitation of prostitution in strategic neighborhood locations.

Between May 8th and May 19, the SFPD Mission Station carried out a series of enforcement operations, leading to the arrest of 30 adults for activities linked to prostitution. The crackdown focused on Shotwell Street, between 18th and 21st Streets, and a secondary location near South Van Ness Avenue and 18th Street. These areas, known to be hotspots for illegal sexual transactions, have been under scrutiny to address the area's growing criminal and public safety concerns.

The efforts were split between those offering money for sexual acts and those accepting such payments, resulting in 17 arrests under penal code 647(b)(2) PC and 13 arrests under 647(b)(1) PC, respectively. "Ten individuals are from San Francisco and the remainder of the suspects are from outside San Francisco and California," according to the enforcement report.

The Mission Station has pledged to maintain its vigilance and conduct regular patrols to combat not only acts of prostitution but also associated nuisances such as littering of used condoms and vehicular obstructions causing significant disruptions. The police presence aims to hold those accountable who enter the neighborhoods solely to commit crimes and ultimately restore peace for residents and businesses.

In a nod to collective police efforts, the SFPD expressed gratitude to the Mission Station Plainclothes Team, Patrol Officers, and the Special Victims Unit for their roles in the successful operations. The department remains committed to upholding safety and lawfulness within the community, demonstrating zero tolerance toward the offenses that contribute to the degradation of neighborhood livability. The increased foot traffic of illegal sex workers and vehicles in these areas will continue to be a focal point of the department's ongoing surveillance and enforcement strategies.