Anti-human trafficking task force officers arrested three people on Tuesday on suspicion of human trafficking of a minor in Riverside.
Gabriella Ann Alvarado, 18, of Fresno, was booked on charges of human trafficking of a minor and pimping of a minor. Ramon Avina Chavez, 20, of Fresno, was booked on charges of human trafficking of a minor, pimping of a minor and charges related to his possession of a loaded, concealable firearm with obliterated serial numbers. And Alicia Monet Thao, 21, of Viola, was booked on charges of human trafficking of a minor and pandering.
Riverside County Anti-Human Trafficking Task Force members received information about the potential location of a missing female juvenile on Tuesday, police said. The child, 15, was a runaway from the Fresno area and had been missing for the past month, police said.
Task force members found that she had been posted for prostitution in as many as 22 online classified advertisements located in the counties of Fresno, Los Angeles, Orange, San Diego and Riverside.
The task force members, working cooperatively with the Riverside Police Department’s Vice Unit, located a recent prostitution advertisement that appeared to have photos of the missing child.
Undercover officers replied to the post posing as a prospective sex buyer and negotiated for an act of prostitution, police said. The officers were led to a motel in the 10700 block of Magnolia Avenue in Riverside, where the child victim was found and taken into protective custody.
Officers detained three adults who were in the accompaniment of the minor at the location at 9 p.m. The three adults were arrested and booked into the Robert Presley Detention Center in Riverside. The three suspects remain in-custody. The bail set for each is at $500,000.