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Posted on: April 8, 2022

[ARCHIVED] Arrest made in Sex Trafficking Investigation for Multiple Sex Charges and Giving Fentanyl to a Minor


Riverside County Sheriff's Department Press Release

Reporting Deputy: Sergeant  Jose Tijerina

File # R220270002


Cody Hansen

The Riverside County Anti-Human Trafficking Task Force (RCAHT) conducted a sex trafficking investigation that began in Cabazon. During the investigation, RCAHT members learned Cody Hansen, 31 of Desert Hot Springs, was involved in human trafficking of a minor.

On April 7, 2022, at 6:00 PM, RCAHT with the assistance of the Major Crimes Unit (MCU) arrested Hansen at the 11-700 block of Upland Way, Desert Hot Springs. Hansen was arrested for human trafficking of a minor, pandering of minor, lewd acts with a minor, oral copulation of a minor, sexual exploitation of a minor, inducing a minor to consume narcotics (Fentanyl), production of child pornography, child abuse and other sex related charges. Hansen was transported to the John J Benoit Detention Center in Indio.

Report Human Trafficking activity or tips to the National Human Trafficking Resource Center Hotline at (888) 373-7888

The Riverside County Anti-Human Trafficking Task Force is asking anyone with additional information to contact RCAHT Task Force Investigator Aron Wolfe at (760) 836-1600 or call anonymously at (760) 341-STOP (7867) and reference incident # R22 027 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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