17 Arrested During “John” Sting Operation


Reporting Deputy: Sergeant R. Armendariz

File # JV220840038


On Friday, March 25, 2022, at 1:52 PM, the Jurupa Valley Special Enforcement Team served a search warrant at the 4600 block of Galena St, Jurupa Valley, regarding a sex trafficking investigation. During the search warrant service, Hyo Sook Kim, 57 years old of Apple Valley, Young Mi Lim, 38 years old of Irvine and Escobar Veronica Carrillo Escobar, 39 years old of Los Angeles, were arrested for solicitation of prostitution and maintaining a brothel. Kim, Lim, and Carrillo Escobar were transported to the Robert Presley Detention Center. During this investigation, no victims of sex trafficking were identified.

In an effort to deter prostitution and human trafficking in the area, a “John” sting operation was established. Fourteen people were arrested for solicitation of prostitution during the operation. Aaron Esparano-38 years old of Fontana, Victor Huezo- 24 years old of Riverside, Jose Garcia Hernandez- 34 years old of Riverside, Ricardo Trinidad- 24 years old of Perris, Shawn Johnson- 24 years old of Corona, Tommy Nou- 38 years old of Long Beach, Santiago Negrete Luna- 34 years old of Eastvale, Mahesh Sukumaran- 40 years old of Norwalk, Kym Mckay- 41 years old of Victorville, Alexander Arreola- 24 years old of Norco, Michael TkachYk- 25 years of Riverside, Liborio Morales- 21 years old of Riverside, Jose Bautista- 35 years old of Riverside and Efren Castillo Caspar- 49 years old of Jurupa Valley.

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, they are also frequently physically and sexually assaulted by those that solicit them for prostitution.

Anyone with further information about this incident or if you suspect human trafficking activity in your area, please contact the Jurupa Valley Sheriff’s Station. The Jurupa Valley Special Enforcement Team can be reached at 951-955-2600.

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