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Posted on: March 1, 2023

[ARCHIVED] Anti-Human Trafficking Operations

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Riverside County Sheriff-Press Release

Reporting Deputy: Sergeant Jeff Hammond

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In February of 2023, the Riverside County Anti-Human Trafficking Task Force (RCAHT) conducted multiple proactive operations to identify and arrest persons for prostitution, solicitation of prostitution, pandering, and human trafficking. Operations resulted in 19 arrests, and 4 persons being provided victim services.

On February 15th, the Rancho Mirage Special Enforcement Team, led by Sergeant Jeffrey Cryder conducted a Demand Reduction joint operation with RCAHT to identify “johns” and potential sex trafficking victims. On February 23, 2023, an additional joint operation was conducted with the Lake Elsinore Special Enforcement Team, led by Sergeant Robert Thomas. Between both operations, 17 persons were arrested for solicitation of prostitution, one person was arrested for attempting to solicit sex from a minor, and one person was arrested for attempting to pander a minor. Four potential victims were identified and provided victim services and resources.

Persons arrested during the operations were:

Lanoris Brown, 44, Moreno Valley

Roberto Meza, 40, Lake Elsinore

Juan Miguel Gonzalez, 44, Fontana

Craig Yamashita, 63, Menifee

Josue Casteneda, 29, Perris

Kevin Caponera, 42, Lake Elsinore

Riaan Vanzyl, 33, Corona

Eyon Zimmerman, 29, Moreno Valley

David Currington, 71, Canyon Lake

Julian Sanchez, 27, Menifee

Saul Barragan-Lopez, 39, Perris

Javier Torres, 42, Perris

Adolfo Arandaro, 39, Lake Elsinore

Brian Glass, 33, Lake Elsinore (69 PC) 

Adesupo Ososanya, 39, Lake Elsinore

Aaron Ryan Leon, 38, Upland

Zeynia Medina, 34, Coachella

Christopher Rodriguez, 21, San Jacinto (Human Trafficking of Minor)

Oscar Segura, 24, Cathedral City (Human Trafficking of Minor)

The Riverside County Anti-Human Trafficking Task Force seeks to disrupt and dismantle sex trafficking rings operating within Riverside County and will aggressively identify, pursue, and apprehend those who seek to exploit those who are most vulnerable. Through proactive enforcement operations, RCAHT works to reduce future demand for sex trafficking by identifying and arresting sex buyers and rescuing those forced into sexual servitude. The team strives to identify persons working in the field of prostitution and provide victim resources rather than treating them as criminal suspects. RCAHT works with various social workers and non-government organizations to provide a holistic approach to solving the issues related to sexual servitude, exploitation, and prostitution.

If you, or anyone you know has been a victim of human trafficking, you can contact the National Human Trafficking Resource Center Hotline at (888) 373-7888 or contact your local law enforcement department.

For questions or more information regarding Human Trafficking, contact Sgt. Hammond at HT@riversidesheriff.org

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