RIVERSIDE COUNTY SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT
Sheriff Chad Bianco
|Press Release:||Solicitation of Prostitution Arrest|
|Station Area:||La Quinta|
|Written Date:||April 23, 2021||Time:||12:00 PM|
|Incident Date:||April 22, 2021||Time:||10:00 AM|
|Incident Location:||78-900 block of Hwy 111, La Quinta|
|Reporting Officer:||Sergeant George Acevedo|
On Thursday, April 22, 2021, at 10:00 AM, the La Quinta Special Enforcement Team with the assistance of the Riverside County Anti-Human Trafficking Task Force (RCAHT) served a search warrant at the 78-900 block of Highway 111, La Quinta regarding a sex trafficking investigation.
During the service of the search warrant, Yu Xinmei, 49 of Desert Hot Springs, was arrested for solicitation of prostitution. Xinmei was transported to the John J Benoit Detention Center in Indio. During this investigation, no victims of sex trafficking were identified.
Prostitution is not a “victimless” crime. 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.
Report Human Trafficking activity or tips to the National Human Trafficking Resource Center Hotline at (888) 373-7888.
The La Quinta Special Enforcement Team is asking anyone with additional information to contact La Quinta Special Enforcement Deputy M. Lopez at (760) 836-1600 or call anonymously at (760) 341-STOP (7867) and reference incident # LA211120022.
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