RIVERSIDE COUNTY SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT
Sheriff Chad Bianco
|Press Release:||Solicitation of Prostitution / Felony Fraud Arrest Warrant|
|Station Area:||Desert Hot Springs |
|Written Date:||September 24, 2020||Time:||5:00 PM|
|Incident Date:||September 24, 2020||Time:||1:00 PM|
|Incident Location:||14-200 block of Palm Drive., Desert Hot Springs|
|Reporting Officer:||Sergeant Jose Tijerina|
On Thursday, September 24, 2020 at 1:00 PM, the Riverside County Anti-Human Trafficking Task Force (RCAHT) with the assistance of the Desert Hot Springs Police Department served a search warrant at the 14-200 block of Palm Drive, Desert Hot Springs regarding a sex trafficking investigation.
During the service of the search warrant, Yan Wang, 50 of Desert Hot Springs, was arrested for solicitation of prostitution and for an outstanding felony fraud arrest warrant. Wang was 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 Lead Investigator Julio Oseguera at (760) 836-1600 or call anonymously at (760) 341-STOP (7867) and reference incident # R20 255 0007.
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