After a lengthy investigation, a neighborhood brothel has been shut down and several people are behind bars following the Aug. 31 sting, officials reported.
Officers form the Moreno Valley Police Department’s Problem Oriented Policing Team had been keeping close tabs on individuals suspected of operating the sex house which is located in the 12000 block of Graham Street in Moreno Valley.
The operation was staffed with several women and a manager who also acted as security, Sgt. William Mooney said.
A search warrant was served and the pimp, Angel De La Rosa, 30, was arrested and charged with pimping, procuring a person for prostitution and keeping a house of ill fame.
During the eight-hour sweep an additional six people were arrested for attempting to purchase sex from an undercover officer acting as a prostitute. Of the six people arrested, five of them are Moreno Valley residents.
A sheriff’s report states a female working at the home was also arrested.
The purpose of these stings are to rescue anyone that may have been forced into prostitution, or to locate and rescue any juveniles working in this capacity.
These operations also act as a deterrent to people looking for these types of services.
The public is urged to report any prostitution information to the Moreno Valley Police Department’s Problem Oriented Policing Team at 951-486-6932 or to Moreno Valley Police Department’s Dispatch at 951-247-8700.
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