UPDATE: More details released after teen rescued during Anderson human trafficking operation
UPDATED: Tuesday, Feb. 22, 12:30 p.m.
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ANDERSON, Calif. — Two men were arrested and three females, including a 17-year-old girl, were rescued during a multi-agency human trafficking operation in Anderson Saturday evening, Feb. 20. The purpose of the operation was to target human sex traffickers and also focused on providing resources to suspected victims of human trafficking, according to Anderson Police Department.
The operation, which was hosted by Anderson PD and included the Shasta County District Attorney’s Office, Shasta County Sheriff’s Office, Shasta County Probation Department, Shasta County Children’s Services, Children’s Legacy Center, and Federal Allied Agencies, took place at an unspecified Anderson hotel.
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During the operation, participating officials used known prostitution websites “to solicit commercial sex acts from providers that were likely under the control of pimps or traffickers,” Anderson PD later said of the operation and arrests.
At around 5 p.m., after pre-arranging sexual services with two suspected prostitutes, two females arrived at the hotel to engage in sexual activities for pay.
The two females, whose names were not released, were identified as a 22-year-old out of Yuba City and a 17-year-old out of Hayward.
Both were detained inside the hotel room for further investigation.
Ravanaur Gohleston, a 28-year-old out of Yuba City, and Jonathan Lee, a 25-year-old parolee out of Stockton, were arrested and booked on a variety of charges related to the pimping and pandering of three females, including a 17-year-old girl. One of Gohleston’s charges, human trafficking of a minor, could carry a life sentence if convicted, according to officials.
A man, later identified as Ravanaur Devale Gohleston, a 28-year-old out of Yuba City, was found to be in the passenger seat of the vehicle the females had arrived in and he was detained for further investigation.
Based on their investigation, officials determined Gohleston “was pimping and pandering both of the females,” said APD. Officials also determined that Gohleston was using forms of control to specifically pimp and pander the teen.
As that first investigation was continuing, a third female arrived at the hotel at around 10 p.m for the purposes of prostitution.
The woman, a 24-year-old out of Stockton, was contacted and detained inside a hotel room for further investigation.
A man, Jonathan Alexander Lee, a 25-year-old parolee out of Stockton, was found to be the driver of the vehicle the woman had arrived in.
“During our investigation, we determined Lee was pimping and pandering the 24-year-old female,” said APD.
Based on their investigation, officials arrested Gohleston and Lee. They were later booked into Shasta County Jail in Redding on various charges related to the operation.
Gohleston was booked on suspicion of pimping and pandering the adult female as well as separate charges of pimping and pandering the teen.
“Additionally, Gohleston was arrested for the human trafficking of a minor, which could carry a life sentence if convicted,” said APD.
Online jail records indicate both men remain in custody, with Gohleston being held in lieu of $250,000 bail or bond, and Lee being held without bail.
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The 17-year-old girl was later transported to the Children’s Legacy Center, where she was offered services and met with their Forensic Interviewer.
Child Family Services responded to the CLC where they waited with the juvenile until she was eventually released to the custody of her mother.
Both adult females were offered services and resources and later released without charges.
Original Story: Two arrested after multi-agency human trafficking operation in Anderson
ANDERSON, Calif. — Authorities last night announced that two “suspected pimps” were arrested during a multi-agency human trafficking operation conducted at an Anderson hotel.
As word of the operation began to spread on social media, Anderson PD’s Detective Jake Duncan addressed the rumors and concerns in a video in which he explained, “We were able to conduct a multi-agency human trafficking operation here at one of our local hotels.”
“As a result of the operation, two suspected pimps were arrested and one juvenile sex trafficking victim was rescued,” Duncan said.
“One of those pimps was actually found to be human trafficking a 17-year-old female that we were able to rescue and collaborate with the Child Legacy Center to try and offer some local resources,” Duncan continued; adding, that more information would be released at a later time.
This is a developing story that will be updated as new information becomes available.
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