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Rescue of child prostitutes
By Det. Ryan Cantrell
ALAMEDA COUNTY, Calif.
-- On Thursday, December 6, 2012, the Alameda County Vice Enforcement Team (ACVET) conducted a CSEC (Commercially Sexually Exploited Children) Recovery and Prostitution “out-call” and “in-call” operation at a hotel in Emeryville. The undercover operation’s focus was recovery of commercially sexually-exploited children, arrests of adult prostitutes and the arrest of male customers (aka “Johns”). The operation also focused on identifying and arresting suspected pimps/exploiters and persons who transport or aid in prostitution activity.
The six-hour operation led to eight arrests - two adult females for misdemeanor prostitution charges; two males for the misdemeanor solicitation of prostitution; one female for misdemeanor aiding/supervising a prostitute; and a male for felony pimping and pandering. The operation rescued two 15-year-old children both of whom were taken into custody and received counseling and medical services.
The male suspect arrested for felony pimping, pandering and probation violation (266h PC, 266i PC and 1203.2 PC) was Brandon Watts, aged 32 from Oakley.
Steven Daniel Iniguez, aged 26 from El Sobrante, and Jose Elmer Lopez, aged 33 from San Pablo, were arrested for solicitation of prostitution (647(b) PC).
The female suspects for solicitation of prostitution (647(b) PC) and loitering with intent to prostitute (653.22 PC) were 20-year old Brittany Boyd from San Jose and 24-year old Sara Heinicke from San Francisco.
Dominique Browden, aged 18 from San Jose, was arrested for aiding/transporting a prostitute (653.23 PC).
The operation involved the following ACVET member agencies: Alameda County District Attorney’s Office, Alameda County Probation Department, Alameda County Sheriff’s Office, Department of Albany Police Department (PD), Alcoholic Beverage Control, Emeryville PD, Federal Bureau of Investigation, Hayward PD, Newark PD, University of California Berkeley PD and Union City PD. Bay Area Women Against Rape counselors also assisted. The enforcement team also includes several other federal, state and local police departments within Alameda County.