TASK FORCE Force Rescues
County Sheriff - Human Trafficking Task Force
Bernardino County Sheriff - Human Trafficking Task Force Investigators located an
online advertisement of a possible juvenile victim of the commercialized sex
industry, being advertised at an unknown location in the City of Ontario.
Investigators immediately initiated an undercover operation to contact, locate
and rescue the victim. Monday, August
10, 2020 the SBCSD Investigators located the victim at a motel in the
1500 block of 4th Street in Ontario, California.
surveillance and additional investigation, the investigators were able to
positively identify the victim as she exited her motel room and then contacted
her in a nearby parking lot. During their contact with the victim, she was
determined to be 26 years of age and a resident of Stockton, California
speaking with the victim, investigators gained information which supported
their belief of her involvement in the commercial sex industry. The victim
claimed to be at the location alone and working independently. Investigative efforts to identify or locate
any additional victims, suspects or associates were met with negative results.
During her contact with investigators, she admitted to having been the recent
victim of Human Trafficking and expressed her desire for help to get out of the
commercialized sex industry. Investigators conducted an intervention to help
rescue the victim, providing her with information and access to services and
education to assist her in leaving the industry.
Bernardino County Sheriff - Human Trafficking Task Force is made up of
investigators from the San Bernardino County Sheriff Department, San Bernardino
County District Attorney Office, Ontario Police Department, Redlands Police
Department, California State Parole, Office of Homeland Security 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. Anyone 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 (909) 387-8400 or by Email at firstname.lastname@example.org
Anyone wishing to remain
anonymous may contact We-Tip at 1-888-78-CRIME or leave information on
WE-Tip Hotline at www.wetip.com
JOHN McMAHON, Sheriff-Coroner
San Bernardino County Sheriff-Coroner