Arrests made in El Dorado County prostitution, human trafficking operation
The El Dorado County Sheriff’s Department recently announced the results of an investigation into prostitution and human trafficking in El Dorado County.
Fourteen arrests were made in connection with the case.
The investigation involved searching escort/ dating sites on the Internet. Numerous escort/ dating ads were located on the sites for El Dorado County in the areas of El Dorado Hills, Cameron Park and Placerville.
Last week the El Dorado County Sheriff’s Department, with the assistance of the El Dorado County District Attorney’s Office and the FBI, began preparing an investigative operation into these dating sites. The main purpose of the investigation was to identify the human trafficking victims who are being prostituted and to identify the suspects who are pimping and trafficking these victims in El Dorado County.
According to the sheriff’s department, the operation was “victim centered” and identified the traffickers, focusing on the pimp not the prostitute. The operation also focused on younger looking prostitutes on the internet who are working in El Dorado County. By targeting younger looking prostitutes, the goal was to rescue minor victims who are being trafficked. Once victims of human trafficking were identified and contacted, appropriate enforcement action was taken, according to the sheriff’s department. In addition, the victim met with advocates who assisted them in receiving appropriate services.
During the last date of the operation, a 17-year-old victim was identified, rescued from human trafficking and turned over to victim advocates from the El Dorado County District Attorney’s Office, the FBI and El Dorado County Child Protective Services. The investigation into this victim is ongoing.
A total of 25 detectives, investigators and victim witness advocates participated in the operation.
During the operation, a total of 14 people were arrested or cited for various violations. Four people were arrested for violations to include two for prostitution, two for felony no bail warrants and one for an outstanding misdemeanor warrant. Nine suspects were cited for prostitution and one was cited for possession of methamphetamine.
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