At about 3 p.m. on Friday, July 19, the San Bernardino County Human Trafficking Task Force, in a combined effort with Sheriff's Gang Team members and officers from the city of Redlands Police Department, arrested five suspects during an in-call hotel "John" operation held on Colton Avenue in Redlands.
The operation was 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, "Johns."
During the operation, undercover officers were deployed at a local hotel to pose as prostitutes through online advertisements. Online advertisements are more often used as a means for the commercialized trafficking of underaged victims in the sex trade. During the operation, the officers were contacted and solicited for acts of prostitution by several male suspects. Upon their arrival at the location, the suspects were taken into custody. After being interviewed and processed, all five suspects were transported and booked at Central Detention Center, for violation of PC 647(b)(2)- (Sex Buyer) Solicitation for Prostitution.
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.