The Elk Grove police on Aug. 29 arrested three suspects who allegedly visited a local hotel to solicit a prostitute. These arrests were a part of Operation Hot Spots, a countywide sting operation that targeted human trafficking.
Authorities overall arrested 16 suspects in Sacramento County, according to the Sacramento County District Attorney’s Office. These agencies were a part of a regional coalition called, Sacramento Together.
“Sacramento Together continues to work collaboratively on reducing the demand side of human trafficking by conducting countywide and localized sting operations throughout the year,” Sacramento County District Attorney Anne Marie Schubert said in a press statement. “By working on an united front, we are able to maximize our ability to prevent and better service victims of sexual and labor exploitation throughout our region.”
In this recent operation, law enforcement agencies attracted “johns” or customers to locations where they expected a prostitute. Officers then contacted and arrested them.
Elk Grove police officers worked out of the Extended Stay America hotel on the 2200 block of Longport Court in the Laguna West area.
Suspects Jose Hernandez, 30, of Sacramento; Jitendra Lal, 43, of Sacramento; and Christopher Gilliland, 45, of Elk Grove were arrested on solicitation charges. They were booked into the Sacramento County Main Jail.
If convicted, the suspects face up to 180 days in jail and can be ordered by a judge to stay away from areas where they were arrested.