The San Joaquin County Sheriff’s Office and the Stockton Police Department arrested 23 men and women in a span of two days in a human trafficking and prostitution sting.
A three-month investigation of the website stockton.backpage.com led the Stockton Police Department to eight young girls involved in prostitution. The girls ranged in age from 14 to 17.
Jimmy Macias, 19, and Recardo Spivey, 19, were arrested Wednesday in relation to the alleged human trafficking of eight girls. They were booked into the San Joaquin County Jail on charges of human trafficking.
In a separate case, the San Joaquin County Sheriff’s Office, with assistance from the San Joaquin County District Attorney’s Office and the California Highway Patrol, conducted an operation Friday at an undisclosed area in an unincorporated area of Stockton, according to a statement Monday night.
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According to the sheriff’s office, the operation was designed and carried out in response to the ongoing human-trafficking problem in the county. Officers made contact with more than 200 people on the property who were soliciting sexual services, both online and in person.
Twenty one men and women were arrested Friday on suspicion of soliciting sexual services for money or loitering with the intent to solicit, according to the sheriff’s office.
- Heather Romo, Loitering with the intent to prostitute/solicit
- Dakayla Quarles, Loitering with the intent to prostitute/solicit
- Kaneisha Giles, Loitering with the intent to prostitute/solicit
- Alvaro Zuniga, Solicitation
- Billy Elmore, Solicitation
- Jonnisha Zigler, Loitering with the intent to prostitute/solicit
- Eduardo Cedillo, Solicitation
- Shokut Khan, Solicitation
- Trang Vu, Solicitation
- Jose Luna, Solicitation
- Juan Ceron, Solicitation
- Bernardo Mendoza, Solicitation
- Edgar Azevedo, Solicitation
- Jayden Khonn, Solicitation
- Manuel Rojas, Solicitation
- Mario Ruballos, Solicitation
- Israel Aguero, Solicitation
- Claudio-Dimas Espinoza, Solicitation
- David Byrd, Loitering with the intent to prostitute/solicit
- Esteban Aguirre, Solicitation
- Michael Jones, Solicitation
No other information was provided by the sheriff’s office.
The Stockton Police Department is encouraging citizens to call if they have information pertaining to this investigation. Callers are asked to call the Stockton Police Department at 209-937-8377, the Investigations Unit at 209-937-8323, or Stockton Crime Stoppers at 209-946-0600. Callers can remain anonymous.
Citizens may also text information from their cell phones to ‘Crimes’ (274637) and type the keyword TIPSPD and then their tip or log on to the Stockton Police Department’s Facebook page and click ‘Submit A Tip.’ Tipsters may also send tips on the Stockton PD Mobile Phone App. Tipsters can remain anonymous.
If you have any information that may lead to an arrest, call Stockton Crime Stoppers at 209-946-0600. Stockton Crime Stoppers pays cash rewards up to $10,000.
Jessica Hice: 916-321-1550, @Jess_Hice