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Posted: Thursday, December 21, 2017 10:00 am

The San Bernardino County Human Trafficking Task Force conducted a prostitution operation on Dec. 8, and arrested 11 male suspects from San Bernardino, Los Angeles and Riverside counties.

According to a report from the San Bernardino Sheriff’s Department, investigators posted a decoy advertisement on the online classified website www.backpage.com. The decoy posed as a female prostitute, and received several phone calls from males who were interested in meeting with a prostitute.

Of all the callers, 11 men made dates and met with undercover officers. Each of the suspects was arrested without incident for violation of California Penal Code §647(b)(2), solicitation of prostitution. All were transported to the West Valley Detention Center in Rancho Cucamonga for booking.

The sheriff’s report noted that human trafficking is an ongoing issue across the nation. In fact, trafficking in persons is a serious crime and a terrible violation of human rights. Every year, thousands of children, women and men fall into the hands of traffickers in their own countries and, often, when traveling abroad.

In San Bernardino County, the Human Trafficking Task Force continually runs operations to combat human trafficking and the commercial sex trade.

For example, on Dec. 14, the San Bernardino County Human Trafficking team, along with Yucaipa agencies, conducted compliance checks at three massage therapy clinics in Yucaipa. The first business had minor violations; the second and third businesses were in violation of the massage therapy ordinance and the fire code. The businesses have 30 days to be brought into compliance with city and fire codes before they can re-open.

Other compliance checks in different locations produce various results. Even if no evidence of human trafficking is found, the effort helps ensure compliance with health, safety and fire codes.

Anyone with information related to human trafficking should contact the task force at (909) 387-8400. Anyone wishing to remain anonymous may contact WeTip at 1 (800) 78-CRIME or leave information on the WeTip Hotline at www.wetip.com.

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