On Wednesday, September 23, 2020, members of the Riverside County Anti-Human Trafficking Task Force (RCAHT) with the assistance of the Palm Desert Special Enforcement Team (SET) and Palm Desert Business District Team (BDT), conducted a sex trafficking demand reduction operation in the city of Palm Desert.
RCAHT, Palm Desert SET and Palm Desert BDT members operated in an undercover capacity, placed decoy advertisements on several popular classified advertisement websites commonly used for the solicitation of online prostitution. These same task force members then responded to prospective customers replying to these prostitution advertisements. After an agreement for paid sex acts, these “Johns” were then arrested upon their arrival at a pre-determined meeting location. Concurrently, other task force members negotiated agreed upon acts of prostitution based upon other escort advertisements that were posted online in the area. In these instances, females who responded to the undercover deputies posing as customers were directed to meet, at which point they were also arrested.
As a result of this enforcement effort, a total of 12 men and 1 female were arrested on misdemeanor prostitution charges. Those arrested were identified as follows:
- Diego Vega, 34 of Indio
- Abdelmalek Badaa, 63 of Novato
- David Seifert, 77 of Indio
- Salvador Cuevas, 39 of Indio
- Jesus Paredes, 46 of Desert Hot Springs
- Gilbert Hernandez, 29 of Indio
- Brian Segura, 25 of Coachella
- Mario Anguiano, 39 of Cathedral City
- Andy Chaides, 29 of Indio
- Ashley Casey, 26 of Wesley Chapel, Fl
- Irfan Khan, 56 of La Quinta
- Tremone Williams, 35 of La Quinta
- Andre Forrest, 44 of Beaumont
All subjects arrested were booked and released from the county jail in Indio.
Prostitution is not a “victimless” crime. Ninety-five percent of sex trafficking victims are women or children. 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.
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.
The Riverside County Anti-Human Trafficking Task Force is asking anyone with additional information to contact RCAHT Task Force Deputy Contreras at (760) 836-1600 or call anonymously at (760) 341-STOP (7867) and reference incident # R20 248 0002.
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