RIVERSIDE, Calif. - Three Northern California residents accused of pimping a 15-year-old Fresno-area runaway were arrested at a Riverside motel by undercover police officers, a sheriff's sergeant said Wednesday.
"Over a four-week timespan, as many as 22 separate advertisements depicting the child were located in the counties of Fresno, Los Angeles, Orange, San Diego and Riverside,'' said Riverside County sheriff's Sgt. John Sawyer.
A member of the Riverside County Anti-Human Trafficking Task Force posed as a "John'' and replied to one of the online ads, and on Tuesday were led to a motel in the 10700 block of Magnolia Avenue in Riverside, where the teen was found, according to Sawyer.
The victim had been missing for the past month and was taken into protective custody, he said.
Three adults accompanying her at the motel were arrested, Sawyer said.
Gabriella Ann Alvarado, 18, of Fresno was booked on suspicion of human trafficking of a minor and pimping of a minor.
Ramon Avina Chavez, 20, of Fresno was booked on suspicion of human trafficking of a minor, pimping of a minor and being in possession of a loaded, concealable firearm with obliterated serial numbers.
Alicia Monet Thao, 21, of Viola was booked on suspicion of human trafficking of a minor and pandering.
All three suspects were being held in lieu of $500,000 bail.
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