Tip helps Sheriffs make arrests in trafficking ring
tulare county – A joint investigation with the Tulare County Sheriff’s Department, Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department, Los Angeles Regional Human Trafficking Task Force and the California Department of Justice uncovered a human trafficking ring that was targeting juveniles in Tulare County.
The human trafficking investigation began when a mother contacted the Tulare County Sheriff’s Office in regards to her teenage daughter who had run away. After an investigation, multiple juvenile victims of human trafficking from Tulare County have been identified as well as adult victims. At the time the offenses were committed, the juvenile victims ranged in age from 15 to 17 and the adult victims ranged in age from 18 to 21.
The complaint alleges that Quinton Brown of Highland lured victims from the Central Valley and trafficked them throughout the state. The victims, including eight minors, were sold for commercial sex throughout the Central Valley, Bay Area and Los Angeles.
“To the victims and their families, our hearts go out to you,” Tulare County Sheriff Mike Boudreaux said. “To the people who believe they will hide in the world of cyber or quietly remain in the shadows waiting to exploit our children, we will get you! And to the citizens of Tulare County, the Office of the Sheriff will continue to aggressively seek out predators to make our communities safe.”
Sheriff Mike Boudreaux developed a cyber-crimes unit dedicated to tracking down suspects who prey upon children. This unit has been used to identify and remove victims from the world of human trafficking.
“To Californians, be proud of the law enforcement serving the citizens of this state because today is a win for the good guys,” Sheriff Boudreaux said. “Sexually exploiting young people for financial gain is a crime against humanity. We will continue our vigilance to aggressively seek out those suspects who endanger our children and who seek to use human beings for their criminal gain.”