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8 men arrested in prostitution bust in Hesperia

HESPERIA, Calif. — Eight men were arrested Tuesday in a prostitution bust at a local hotel in Hesperia.

The in-call motel “john” operation was conducted by the San Bernardino County Human Trafficking Task Force along with deputies from the Hesperia Police Department on August 14, 2018.

The operation is part of an ongoing effort through heavy presence and enforcement, to suppress prostitution throughout the desert communities of San Bernardino County, by targeting purchasers (Johns).

During the operation, undercover officers were deployed at a motel in the 12000 block of Main Street to pose as prostitutes through on-line advertisements, officials said.

“As a result, the officers were contacted and solicited for acts of prostitution by several male suspects. Upon their arrival at the location, the suspects were taken into custody. After being interviewed and processed, all eight suspects were transported and booked at the High Desert Detention Center for violation of PC 647(b)(2)- (Sex Buyer) Solicitation for Prostitution,” stated a sheriff’s news release.

The names of the men arrested in this sting were not released at the time of this article.

The San Bernardino County Human Trafficking Task Force is made up of investigators from the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department, San Bernardino County District Attorney’s Office, San Bernardino Police Department, Ontario Police Department, San Bernardino Unified School District Police, California State Parole, Office of Homeland Security and the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

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