On Wednesday, Oct. 30, Peter Castillo, 30, and Johnette Terrell, 18, of Los Angeles, were arrested in San Bernardino for human trafficking of a 15-year-old female from Los Angeles.
According to a San Bernardino Police Department press release, investigators from the San Bernardino County Human Trafficking Task Force responded to a request from San Bernardino police officers regarding a possible victim of human trafficking. Officers indicated they contacted two females and a male during a traffic stop near the intersection of Sixth and F streets in San Bernardino and identified one of the females as a 15-year-old runaway from Los Angeles County.
All three subjects were detained and transported to the San Bernardino Police Station for additional investigation and interviews. Task force members met with the officers and assumed the investigation.
During the interviews with all three subjects, investigators discovered information that supported the juvenile’s involvement in prostitution and as a victim of human trafficking. Through continued interviews, task force investigators confirmed her identity and the circumstances that lead her into being controlled by her traffickers.
Investigators also found evidence establishing that the victim had been forced to participate in prostitution on behalf of Castillo and Terrell. The victim was rescued, offered immediate services and resources and then safely returned to her family.
Upon concluding the interviews, Castillo was transported Central Detention Center for booking, while Terrell was transported to West Valley Detention Center for booking. Both were booked for felony violations related to human trafficking of a minor.
Castillo is being held in lieu of $550,000 bail and a no bail violation related to him being arrested while out on bail for a prior San Bernardino County charge for human trafficking.
Terrell is being held in lieu of $150,000 bail.
This investigation is ongoing. Investigators believe there are other unidentified victims related to this case and are asking anyone with information related to this investigation to contact the San Bernardino County Human Trafficking Task Force at (909) 387-8400. Anyone wishing to remain anonymous may contact We-Tip at 1 (888) 78-CRIME or you may leave information on the We-Tip-Hotline at wetip.com.