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Press Release: Human Trafficking of a Minor – Multiple Suspects Arrested
Agency: Riverside County Anti-Human Trafficking Task Force
Station Area: Riverside County
Written Date: December 6, 2017 Time: 1:00 PM
Incident Date: December 5, 2017 Time: 9:00 PM
Incident Location: 10700 block of Magnolia Ave. Riverside
Reporting Officer: Sergeant John Sawyer
File Number(s): R173390007

Details:

On Tuesday, December 5, 2017, members of the Riverside County Anti-Human Trafficking Task Force (RCAHT), received information from the Orange County Human Trafficking Task Force as to the potential whereabouts of a missing female juvenile. The child was identified as a 15-year-old runaway from the Fresno area. The child, who had been missing for the past month, was later found to have been posted for prostitution in numerous online classified advertisements. Over a four-week timespan, as many as 22 separate advertisements depicting the child were located in the counties of Fresno, Los Angeles, Orange, San Diego, and Riverside.

RCAHT Task Force Officers, working cooperatively with the Riverside Police Department’s Vice Unit, located a recent prostitution posting that appeared to depict photos of the missing child. Officers, acting in an undercover capacity, replied to the advertisement posing as a prospective sex buyer and negotiated for an act of prostitution. This led officers to a motel in the 10700 block of Magnolia Avenue in the city of Riverside where the child victim was located and taken into protective custody. Also, present and detained at the location were three adults who were in the accompaniment of the minor.

As a result of the investigation, all three adults were ultimately arrested and booked into the Robert Presley Detention Center in the city of Riverside. The adults were identified and charged as follows:

  • Gabriella Ann Alvarado, 18, a resident of Fresno. Alvarado was booked on charges of human trafficking of a minor and pimping of a minor.
  • Ramon Avina Chavez, 20, a resident of Fresno. Chavez was booked on charges of human trafficking of a minor, pimping of a minor, and several charges related to his possession of a loaded, concealable firearm with obliterated serial numbers.
  • Alicia Monet Thao, 21, a resident of Viola. Thao was booked on charges of human trafficking of a minor and pandering.

All three suspects remain in-custody and bail for each has been set at $500,000.00.

Gabriella Ann Alvarado Ramon Avina Chavez Alicia Monet Thao

The Riverside County Anti-Human Trafficking Task Force was formed in 2010 to address crimes involving the exploitation of victims via force, fraud, or coercion. These cases often involve the commercial sex trafficking of children, as well as incidents of forced labor, indentured servitude, debt bondage, or slavery. The RCAHT Task Force is a multidisciplinary task force which combines the investigative resources of both local and federal law enforcement. The RCAHT Task Force also provides victim services and education/outreach through partnerships with the non-profit groups Operation SafeHouse and Million Kids.  The law enforcement component of RCAHT is currently composed of the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department, Riverside County District Attorney’s Office Bureau of Investigations, Homeland Security Investigations, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the State Department’s Diplomatic Security Service, along with the part-time participation of the Hemet Police Department and Riverside Police Department.

The investigation of this incident is continuing. Anyone with additional information regarding this case is encouraged to contact Sheriff’s Investigator Brian Robertson at (951) 955-1700 or via email at broberts@riversidesheriff.org.

Citizens may also submit a tip using the Sheriff's CrimeTips online form.

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