Two girls have been rescued from a California prostitution ring, the Federal Bureau of Investigation announced Feb. 1 in an emailed news release.
Raids conducted Jan. 24-25 in the cities Riverside, Ontario and Hemet involved FBI agents and law enforcement personnel based in two counties, according to Bill Lewis, the assistant director of the FBI’s Los Angeles Field Office.
Details are sketchy because investigation remains active, but the raids resulted in law enforcement succeeding in an operation to "identify and recover victims of sexual trafficking, resulting in the recovery of two juveniles, as well as multiple arrests on charges including pandering, pimping, prostitution, and human trafficking."
In addition the FBI, departments participating in the raids and investigations are the Ontario Police Department, the Pomona Police Department, the Riverside Police Department, the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department and the San Bernardino Police Department.
The agencies are part of a coordinated effort called the Inland Empire Child Exploitation and Prostitution Task Force.
The program is part of the FBI’s National Innocence Lost Initiative, which it leads with cooperation from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children.