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Posted on: June 10, 2020

Prostitution / Maintaining a Brothel Arrest


Sheriff Chad Bianco

Press Release:Prostitution / Maintaining a Brothel Arrest
Station Area:Palm Springs
Written Date:June 10, 2020Time:8:30 PM
Incident Date:June 10, 2020Time:3:30 PM
Incident Location:400 block of S. El Cielo Drive., Palm Springs
Reporting Officer:Sergeant Jose Tijerina
File Number(s):R20 099 0006


On Wednesday, June 10, 2020 at 3:30 PM, the Riverside County Anti-Human Trafficking Task Force (RCAHT) served a search warrant at the 400 block of S. El Cielo Drive, Palm Springs regarding a sex trafficking investigation.

During the service of the search warrant, Si Liang, 57 of Desert Hot Springs and Ying Zhou, 57 of Desert Hot Springs, were arrested for prostitution and maintaining a brothel. Liang and Zhou were transported to the Riverside County Jail in Banning. During this investigation, no victims of sex trafficking were identified.

Prostitution is not a “victimless” crime. Ninety-five percent of sex trafficking victims are women or children. Those victimized by commercial sexual exploitation frequently have long histories of emotional, physical, and/or sexual abuse or trauma in their backgrounds. The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children estimates 1 in 6 endangered runaways reported are likely victims of sex trafficking. Sex trafficking victims are often subjected not only to severe forms of emotional, physical, and sexual abuse at the hands of their trafficker but are also frequently physically and sexually assaulted by those that solicit them for prostitution.

The Riverside County Anti-Human Trafficking Task Force seeks to disrupt and dismantle sex trafficking rings operating within Riverside County and will aggressively identify, pursue, and apprehend those who seek to exploit those who are most vulnerable. Through proactive enforcement operations, RCAHT works to reduce future demand for sex trafficking by identifying and arresting sex buyers.

The Riverside County Anti-Human Trafficking Task Force is asking anyone with additional information to contact RCAHT Task Force Deputy Raul Baron at (760) 836-1600 or call anonymously at (760) 341-STOP (7867) and reference incident # R20 099 0006.

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 that 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 Safe House, Rebirth Homes, and Million Kids. The law enforcement component of RCAHT is currently composed of the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department, the Riverside County District Attorney’s Office Bureau of Investigations, Homeland Security Investigations, the State Department’s Diplomatic Security Service, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Riverside County Probation Department, along with part-time participation of the Hemet Police Department, Riverside Police Department, and Desert Hot Springs Police Department.

Si Liang
Ying Zhou

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