In Redlands 12 men + 1 male juvenile 

Arrested for Solicitation for Prostitution 


 On-line advertisements are more often used as a

means for the commercialized trafficking


San Bernardino County Human Trafficking Task Force


SUSPECT(S): Twelve male adult suspects and one juvenile male suspect, ranging in age from 17-63 years old, and residents of San Bernardino and Riverside counties. 

SUMMARY: On Wednesday, May 20, 2020, at about 10:00 am, the San Bernardino County Human Trafficking Task Force, assisted by Sheriff MET investigators, 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 "John" During the operation, undercover officers were deployed at a local hotel to pose as prostitutes through on-line advertisements.

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

          HUMAN Trafficking –  the action or practice of illegally transporting people from one country or area to another, typically for the purposes of forced labor or sexual exploitation:"she is a victim of human trafficking"

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During the operation, the officers were contacted and solicited for acts of prostitution by multiple male suspects. Upon their arrival at the location, the suspects were taken into custody without incident and interviewed.                                                                                                                                      

In compliance with the statewide Emergency Bail Schedule, bail for most misdemeanor and felony offenses must be set at $0. Because of this criterion, all 13 suspects were issued citations for violation of PC 647(b)(2)- (Sex Buyer) Solicitation for Prostitution and released from custody. This included the juvenile, who was released into the custody of his parents. 

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, Redlands Police Department, Ontario 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      

Anyone 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 


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