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John Prostitution Operation August 17, 2020

On Monday, August 17, 2020, at approximately 12:00 PM, the San Bernardino Police Department's Vice Team and District Resource Officers conducted a street-level ‘John Prostitution Operation.’ The operation is part of an ongoing effort, through heavy presence and enforcement, to suppress human trafficking and prostitution in the city of San Bernardino.

This program is executed by targeting purchasers, “Johns,” attempting to solicit prostitutes. During the operation, our officers arrested four male suspects for violation of PC 647(b)(2)- (Sex Buyer) Solicitation for Prostitution and two additional male suspects for violation of PC 653.22 (a)-Loitering with Intent to Commit Prostitution. Police also impounded three of the suspects’ vehicles during this operation.

According to Assistant Chief of Police David Green, “Those coming to San Bernardino for the sex trade now face a much higher probability of being caught in police operation than in past years.”

Community involvement plays an integral part in the fight against human trafficking and law enforcement appreciates and encourages the assistance and information provided by the public. Anyone wishing to report activities or concerns related to human trafficking to the San Bernardino Police Department's Vice Team can do so directly by calling (909) 384-5667 or by email at vice@sbcity.org. 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.

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