In a huge victory against human trafficking, Riverside County Sheriff’s Task Force has apprehended sixty-four men in association with sex trafficking. The aptly named “Operation Reclaim and Rebuild” took place over a four-day period concluding on January 28th of this year.
The effort is an annual operation employing the help of numerous law enforcement agencies statewide to rescue victims of sexual slavery and human trafficking. 2021’s movement involved Riverside County Sheriff’s stations in Lake Elsinore, La Quinta, Murrieta, Riverside, Palm Desert, and Temecula.
There were two local men from Chino, California arrested in this most recent operation. The two were identified as Bryan Gaboury, 45, and Anthony Gonzalez, 43, who were apprehended on suspicion of soliciting prostitution.
According to Champion Newspapers, the other suspects came from the cities of Lakewood, Moreno Valley, Riverside, Long Beach, Coachella, Menifee, Ontario, Twentynine Palms, Bishop, Palm Springs, Murrieta, La Quinta, Los Angeles, San Bernardino, Lake Elsinore, Rosemead, Hesperia, Huntington Park, Apple Valley, Winchester, Bellflower, Vista, Thermal, Azusa, Bermuda Dunes, Cathedral City, Mission Viejo, Indio, Harbor City, Perris, La Habra, and Lynwood.
All suspects were booked into the John B. Benoit Detention Center in Indio, California, the Cois M. Byrd Detention Center in Murrieta, California, and the Robert Presley Detention Center in Riverside, California.
Despite the huge breakthrough in the sex ring operation, the suspects were released with a promised obligation to appear in court.
View the official press release on Operation Rebuild and Reclaim here.