For Immediate Release
Sergeant Anthony Prencipe
El Dorado County Detectives began an investigation into prostitution and human trafficking in El Dorado County by searching escort/ dating sites on the internet. Numerous escort/ dating ads were located on the sites for El Dorado County in the areas of El Dorado Hills, Cameron Park and Placerville.
Thursday night, The El Dorado County Sheriff’s Department, with the assistance of the El Dorado County District Attorney’s Office and the FBI began preparing an investigative operation into these dating sites. The main purpose of the investigation was to identify the human trafficking victims who are being prostituted and to identify the suspects who are pimping and trafficking these victims in El Dorado County. The operation was “Victim Centered”, identifying the traffickers, focusing on the Pimp not the Prostitute. The operation focused on younger looking prostitutes on the internet who are working in El Dorado County. By targeting younger looking prostitutes, the goal was to rescue minor victims who are being trafficked. Once victims of human trafficking were identified and contacted, appropriate enforcement action was taken. In addition, the victim met with advocates who assisted them in receiving appropriate services.
During the last date of the operation, a 17 year old victim was identified, rescued from human trafficking, and was turned over to Victim advocates from the El Dorado County District Attorney’s Office, the FBI and El Dorado County Child Protective Services. The investigation into this victim is ongoing. A total of 25 Detectives, Investigators and victim witness advocates participated in the operation.
During the operation, a total of 14 people were arrested or cited for various violations. four people were arrested for violations to include two for prostitution, two for felony no bail warrants and one for an outstanding misdemeanor warrant. 9 suspects were cited for prostitution and one was cited for possession of methamphetamine. The following people were arrested or cited:
Derika Bynoe 21yrs 647b PC
Fitore Toshi 24yrs 647b PC
Cailyn Boyle 25 yrs 647b PC and an outstanding DUI Warrant
Brehonna VanBooven 20 yrs 647b PC
Romula Perez 30 yrs 647b PC
Destiny Wincentsen 20 yrs 647b PC
Norma Waters 30 yrs 647b PC
Crissy Phillips 41 yrs 647b PC
Jeriann Carter 26 yrs 647b PC
Lena Salas 36 yrs 647b PC
Robbie Mc Dermott 27 yrs 2 Felony “No Bail” warrants
Daniel Ocenar 37 yrs 11377 H&S and 11364 H&S
Teonna Haskins 24 yrs 647b PC Arrest
Malik Green 22 yrs Felony “No Bail” warrant
This operation was successful and we are proud of the dedicated and hardworking individuals that participated. The EL Dorado County Sheriff’s Office will continue to work closely with the District Attorney’s Office and the FBI on investigations to uncover, prosecute and help prevent Human Trafficking in El Dorado County.