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Escondido Police Department
Thursday March 28th, 2019 :: 12:25 p.m. PDT




CONTACT: Lt. Chris Lick
DATE: 03/26/2019
PHONE: (760) 839-4444

On 03/26/2019, the Escondido Police Department partnered with the San Diego Human Trafficking Task Force, and Detectives from San Diego Sheriff Department, National City Police Department, San Diego County Probation, San Diego Police Department, San Diego County District Attorney’s Office, California Department of Justice, and the Naval Criminal Investigative Service conducted an operation targeting individuals seeking prostitution via the internet.

As a result of this enforcement effort, 7 men made arrangements over the internet to trade money for sex acts. These men went to an agreed location where they were contacted and arrested by law enforcement officers for the violation of California Penal Code 647(b)(1) – soliciting or agreeing to participate in any act of prostitution.

Prostitution is not a victimless crime. This criminal activity has evolved and often includes young women who are coerced to participate in prostitution often arranged online. Many of these women are forced to use highly addictive drugs, suffer physical assaults, and are forced to perform sexual acts against their will as initiation into this modern form of slave labor. Oftentimes, these activities occur at the direction of criminal gangs and/or organized crime.

If you are a victim of human trafficking or suspect someone who is, please get help by calling the National Human Trafficking Resource Center toll free, 24/7 Hotline at (888) 373-7888 or text HELP to 233733 (BEFREE). If you or someone else is in immediate danger, CALL 9-1-1.
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See for photographs of those arrested.

Juan Carranza
35 years old
Vista, CA

Henry Marfori
32 years old
San Diego, CA

Jose Espinoza-Vasquez
28 years old
Escondido, CA

Taulah Ashraf Veera
23 years old
Irvine, CA

Arturo Fernando Gil-Ramos
42 years old
Vista, CA

Santiago Hernandez
23 years old
Escondido, CA

Jose Carlos Balderas
28 years old
San Marcos, CA

Escondido Police Department
1163 N. Centre City Parkway
Escondido, CA 92026

Emergency: 9-1-1
Non-emergencies: 760-839-4722

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