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Two girls rescued; 15 people arrested in sex trafficking sting

Tuesday, January 29th, 2013
Issue 05, Volume 17.

RIVERSIDE - Two underage girls were rescued and 15 people were arrested during a two-night sting to combat sex trafficking in Riverside and San Bernardino counties, the FBI announced today.

A task force that included local law enforcement agencies conducted the operation last Thursday and Friday in Riverside, Hemet and Ontario. One girl was rescued in Riverside County and one in San Bernardino County.

In addition to the rescue of the minors -- whose ages and cities weren't released -- there were 15 arrests involving pandering, pimping, prostitution and human trafficking, according to the FBI's Los Angeles field office.

Among the people arrested in San Bernardino County were 22-year-old Shawnique Drake of Desert Hot Springs and 22-year-old Tiffany Amirmoini of Chino, both on suspicion of prostitution. Thirteen other people were arrested in the two Advertisement
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counties over two days, according to the FBI. Many of the other suspects were from out of the area.

The suspects' cases will be submitted to the Riverside and San Bernardino county district attorney's offices, according to the FBI.

The sting was organized by the Inland Empire Child Exploitation and Prostitution Task Force, which includes the Ontario, Pomona, San Bernardino and Riverside police departments, the Riverside County Sheriff's Department and the FBI. The Riverside County Anti Human Trafficking Task Force and the Hemet, Upland and Chino police departments also participated.

The Inland Empire Child Exploitation and Prostitution Task Force investigates child exploitation, mainly sexual trafficking of minors. The task force is part of the FBI's National Innocence Lost Initiative, which started in 2003 to address criminal enterprises involved in the domestic sex trafficking of children.



Comment Profile ImageA 53 Year old Grandma
Comment #1 | Tuesday, Jan 29, 2013 at 9:53 pm
Good God, our neighbors? Neighborhoods? Traffic'ing these minors? Now is this the illegal guys working for the Coyotes or Jeffe's using the girls for this? The Coyotes get paid well to bring the girls to the Drug Bosses to keep the illegals making or traffic'ing the drugs in a "good" mood. Then they use them for prostitution along with the girls they kidnap from the US. Usually the girls from the US get sold to other countries Jeffes, Mexico, or even here to them and just kept till they die. Its a horrible situation and I think not just part of the drug problems but the #1 problem, first above the drugs. Even though its the drugs that brings it all together.
Thank goodness this looks like a good size bust, but this doesnt even make a dent and our Law Enforcement knows it. For every girl they rescue another 100 or more are brought over the border one way or the other each day. :/
Comment Profile ImageInland Empire Child Exploitation and Prostitution Task Force, TH
Comment #2 | Wednesday, Jan 30, 2013 at 12:55 pm
A HUGE THANK YOU to all involved in making this happen. It's so hard to believe this is happening in our communities. I am beyond disgusted that there are people who make their living off of the exploitation of children. I hope these girls are surrounded with loving people who can help them recover both physically and mentally through all of this, and hopefully may they be able to eventually help other girls' in the future. Please see and help make a difference!
Comment Profile ImageTo 53the year old Grandma
Comment #3 | Thursday, Jan 31, 2013 at 6:02 am
Where in this story does it talk about coyotes or jeffes?? I dont get it smh... you dont got to be a coyote or drug dealerships to do thiss kind of sicken stuff just sayyin

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