Needles, CA: Human Trafficking Task Force conducted an operation during the Memorial Day weekend arresting four men.

Needles, CA: Human Trafficking Task Force conducted an operation during the Memorial Day weekend arresting four men.

According to the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department’s Colorado River Station, during the Memorial Day holiday weekend, the San Bernardino County Human Trafficking Task Force conducted an in-call hotel “John” operation.

The operation is part of an ongoing effort through heavy presence and enforcement, to suppress Human Trafficking/Prostitution throughout the communities of San Bernardino County, by targeting purchasers “Johns.”

During the operation, undercover officers were deployed at a local hotel, located on the 2300 block of West Broadway in Needles, California, to pose as prostitutes through online advertisements.

On-line advertisements are often used as a means for the commercialized trafficking of underaged victims in the sex trade.

During the operation, the officers were contacted and solicited for acts of prostitution by multiple male suspects.

Upon the suspect’s arrival to the location, they were taken into custody.

According to the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department’s Colorado River Station, four male adult suspects, ranging in age from 37-60 years of age; residents of Mohave, Maricopa and Riverside counties.

After being interviewed and processed, all four suspects were arrested and issued citations for violation of PC 647(b)(2)- (Sex Buyer) Solicitation for Prostitution. Als o, one suspect charged with HS11377(a) – Possession of a Controlled Substance.

The San Bernardino County Human Trafficking Task Force is made up of investigators from the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department, San Bernardino County District Attorney’s Office, San Bernardino Police Department, Ontario Police Department, Redlands Police Department, California State Parole, Office of Homeland Security Investigations and the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

Community involvement plays an integral part in the fight against human trafficking, and law enforcement appreciates and encourages the assistance and information provided by the public.

Anybody wishing to report activities or concerns related to Human Trafficking to the San Bernardino County Human Trafficking Task Force can do so directly by calling: 1 (909) 387-8400 or by email at: humantrafficking@sbcsd.org

Anybody wishing to remain anonymous may contact We-Tip at: 1-888-78-CRIME, or you may leave the information on the WE-Tip Hotline at: www.wetip.com

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