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Sacramento woman arrested on suspicion of international sex trafficking

A woman suspected of helping prostitute women out of several Sacramento houses was arrested Thursday morning.

Yun Escamilla, 58, was booked into Sacramento County jail on five counts of felony pandering and remains behind bars on $50,000 bail, according to a California Department of Justice media release. The jail’s inmate locator shows she is ineligible for bail but is expected to be released later Thursday ahead of a Feb. 8 court appearance.

Escamilla, who also went by the aliases “Yun Chen” or “Angela,” allegedly housed five young female prostitutes in three Sacramento residences between April 30, 2015, and July 27, 2017. Two of the houses were in the Meadowview neighborhood, while the other was in Woodbine.

“At the California Department of Justice, our special agents and prosecutors are prepared to use every tool at our disposal to combat sex trafficking,” state Attorney General Xavier Becerra said in the release. “In California, this type of criminal conduct will not go unnoticed.”

Pandering is defined by the state as persuading someone to become a prostitute, finding them a job in a house of prostitution or procuring someone to become a prostitute. It differs from pimping, which is collecting money from selling a woman into sexual slavery.

One of the women allegedly being prostituted was a Hong Kong native, leading the DOJ to describe Escamilla’s actions as part of an international sex trafficking ring. All were of Asian descent, per the DOJ’s court filing.

Each woman being trafficked was offered care and services through the Attorney General’s Office as well as My Sister’s House, a charity with the goal of eliminating human trafficking in Asian and Pacific Islander communities.

Benjy Egel: 916-321-1052, @BenjyEgel