VICTORVILLE, Calif. (VVNG.com) — A 31-year-old man charged with pimping and pandering a 19-year-old girl via online advertisements is being held on a $1.5 million bail.
It happened on February 25, 2020, when investigators from the San Bernardino County Human Trafficking Task Force, located an online advertisement of a possible juvenile victim of the commercialized sex industry, officials said.
Investigators immediately initiated an undercover operation to contact, locate and rescue the victim at a San Bernardino motel, in the 600 block of Fairway Dr.
The victim was determined to be 19-years-old and evidence of the victim’s involvement in the commercialized sex industry was found inside the motel room.
Investigators identified her pimp as Kentae R. Isiah, a resident of Victorville. While investigators were still on scene with the victim, Isiah arrived at the location and was detained by Task Force members.
He was ultimately transported to the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Central Station for additional investigation and interview.
“Once investigators had completed their interview and investigation of Isiah, he was arrested and transported to San Bernardino Central Detention Center, where he was booked for Felony violations of Pimping and Pandering of an Adult. Isiah is currently being held in lieu of $1.5 million dollars bail,” stated the release.
The victim was rescued, provided access to services and safely released to members of her family.
This investigation is ongoing and investigators believe there are other unidentified victims related to this case. They are asking that anyone with information related to this investigation, please contact the San Bernardino County Human Trafficking Task Force at (909) 387-8400.
Anyone wishing to remain anonymous may contact We-Tip at 1-888-78-CRIME or you may leave the information on the WE-Tip Hotline at www.wetip.com.
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, Ontario Police Department, Redlands Police Department, California State Parole, Office of Homeland Security and the Federal Bureau of Investigation.