6 women arrested in online prostitution scam in Fresno

Crime

A municipal police officer walks past a prostitute in the North Zone of downtown Tijuana. In the city, the estimated number of drug addicts and small stores where drugs are sold have increased in recent years. (Washington Post)

FRESNO, California (KSEE/KGPE) – Six women and one male suspect were arrested after police in Fresno noticed what they say is a rise in the number of online prostitution ads.

In a statement released Friday, officers conducted a week-long prostitution sting targeting the ads which featured younger females who could be under-aged victims of human trafficking. The focus was to rescue anyone under-aged and identify their traffickers.

Following the seven arrests, officers established that the women were between the ages of 18 and 33 – meaning none were under-age. All the female victims were offered advocacy services.

Anyone with information about human trafficking in Fresno is urged to contact the police department’s Human Trafficking Hotline at (559) 621-5950.

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July 23 2021 05:30 pm

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