Breaking News - Paredes Family Sex Trafficking Ring
The Riverside County Human Trafficking Task Force (RCAHT) along with law enforcement of San Bernardino County assisted law enforcement of Ventura County in investigating and arresting an International Sex Trafficking Ring operating in Southern California and Mexico.
The Paredes Family Sex Trafficking Ring was operated by a three generational family. The matriarch of the family lived in Mexico and oversaw the development of business financial accounts to facilitate the money laundering that resulted from exploitation of females recruited in Mexico and brought to the Inland Empire and Ventura by human smugglers. Once here the victims were advertised and sold for sex and moved routinely between three counties.
The commercial sexual services were advertised online and conducted out of six businesses in Ventura, Oxnard, Port Hueneme, Palm Springs and Colton. At the time of the arrests, law enforcement discovered that there was a significant amount of money that had been generated by the illicit sexual activities and laundered through a clothing store in Colton, California. Law enforcement is still activity pursuing the case and are seeking any information on other potential victims.