RIVERSIDE COUNTY SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT
Sheriff Chad Bianco
|Press Release:||Human Trafficking of a Minor|
|Written Date:||November 12, 2020||Time:||9:00 PM|
|Incident Date:||November 12, 2020||Time:||4:00 PM|
|Incident Location:||76-000 block of Pierce Street., Thermal|
|Reporting Officer:||Sergeant Jose Tijerina|
|Jose Manuel Quevedo Pimentel|
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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