On Wednesday, Nov. 13, the San Bernardino County Human Trafficking Task Force arrested a 17-year-old for the human trafficking of a 17-year-old female who was rescued and returned to her family.

According to a sheriff's department press release, at about noon on Wednesday, San Bernardino County Human Trafficking Task Force investigators received information that a juvenile female was possibly being trafficked from a hotel on South E Street, in the city of San Bernardino. Task force members, assisted by members of the San Bernardino County Sheriff's Narcotics Division, conducted surveillance at a motel in hopes of locating and identifying the juvenile.

Shortly after initiating surveillance, investigators noticed a female fitting the description of the juvenile, near an open room door. Investigators also noticed a male frequenting the same room the female was seen near.

During contact with both subjects, investigators determined the female was 17 years old and a reported runaway juvenile from San Bernardino County.

The male subject was also found to be 17 years old.

While speaking with both at the scene, the female began to display signs of medical distress. An ambulance was called and the female was transported to a local hospital for evaluation and treatment.

During that time, the male was transported to the Sheriff's Central Station for an additional interview.

During the interview with the male, information was discovered that supported his involvement in the human trafficking of the juvenile female. He was placed under arrest, transported and booked at San Bernardino County Juvenile Hall for felony human trafficking of a juvenile. He is being held without bail.

After receiving medical treatment, the juvenile victim was rescued, provided immediate services and safely released/returned to her family.

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, Ontario Police Department, Redlands 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 humantrafficking@sbcsd.org. Anyone wishing to remain anonymous may contact We-Tip at 1 (888) 78-CRIME or you may leave the information on the WE-Tip website at wetip.com.

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