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Posted on: November 19, 2020

Human Trafficking of a Minor

RIVERSIDE COUNTY SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT

Sheriff Chad Bianco

Press Release:Human Trafficking of a Minor
Station Area:Thermal
Written Date:November 12, 2020Time:9:00 PM
Incident Date:November 12, 2020Time:4:00 PM
Incident Location:76-000 block of Pierce Street., Thermal
Reporting Officer:Sergeant Jose Tijerina
File Number(s):R202620003


Carlos-Beltran
Carlos Beltran

Update:

On Thursday, November 19, 2020, the Riverside County Anti-Human Trafficking Task Force (RCAHT) continued their human trafficking investigation and identified a second suspect involved in this incident. RCAHT with the assistance of the Southern Coachella Valley Community Services District Team arrested Carlos Beltran, 50 of Thermal, in the 68-500 block of Polk Street, Thermal for unlawful sexual intercourse with a minor, oral copulation and possession of a controlled substance. Beltran was transported to the Riverside County Jail in Indio.  During this investigation a second victim was also identified.

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 262 0003.



Jose-Quevedo
Jose Manuel Quevedo Pimentel

Details:

On Thursday, November 12, 2020 at 4:00 PM, the Riverside County Anti-Human Trafficking Task Force (RCAHT) with the assistance of the Coachella Valley Violent Crime Gang Task Force served a search warrant at the 76-000 block of Pierce Street, Thermal regarding a human trafficking investigation.

During the service of the search warrant, Jose Manuel Quevedo Pimentel, 21 of Thermal, was arrested for human trafficking of a minor, pimping of a minor, pandering of a minor, unlawful sexual intercourse with a minor, oral copulation and other felony charges. Pimentel was transported to the Riverside County Jail in Indio.

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 262 0003.

The eastern Riverside County Anti-Human Trafficking Task Force was formed in March 2020 to address crimes involving the exploitation of victims via force, fraud, or coercion in the eastern half of the Coachella Valley. 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.

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