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Posted on: November 20, 2020

Human Trafficking of a Minor

RIVERSIDE COUNTY SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT

Sheriff Chad Bianco

Press Release:Human Trafficking of a Minor
Station Area:Indio
Written Date:November 20, 2020Time:12:00 PM
Incident Date:October 30, 2020Time:11:00 AM
Incident Location: 80-800 block of Highway 111., Indio
Reporting Officer:Sergeant Jose Tijerina
File Number(s):R203020002


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Maximiliano Martinez

Details:

On Thursday, October 29, 2020 Riverside County Anti-Human Trafficking Task Force (RCAHT) assumed a human trafficking investigation. During the investigation, the suspect was identified as Maximiliano Martinez, 33 of Palm Desert.

On Friday, October 30, 2020 at 11:00 AM, RCAHT with the assistance of the Coachella Valley Violent Crime Gang Task Force arrested Martinez on a felony arrest warrant and was transported to the Riverside County Jail in Indio.

On November 20, 2020 Martinez was charged with human trafficking of a minor, pimping of a minor, pandering of a minor, unlawful sexual intercourse with a minor, and oral copulation.  

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 302 0002.

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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