Tulare County undercover operation saves woman from human trafficking


BUTLER IS EXPECTED TO BE CLOSED OFF FOR A FEW MORE HOURS STEFANI IN TULARE COUNTY, A MULTI-AGENCY STING PUTS TWO suspects BEHIND BARS. THE SHERIFF’S OFFICE SAYS AN 18-YEAR OLD WOMAN WAS RESCUED, THEY BELIEVE SHE WAS VICTIM OF HUMAN TRAFFICKING. OUR PEDRO QUINTANA JOINING US IN THE STUDIO WITH MORE. PEDRO DETECTIVES TOLD ME HIGHWAY 99 WHICH RUNS THROUGH TULARE COUNTY HAS BECOME A THOURGHFARE FOR HUMAN TRAFFICKERS TRAVELING UP AND DOWN THE STATE. THEY SAY THIS 18-YEAR-OLD VICTIM IS FROM THE SACRAMENTO AREA. ### [A19]TULARE CO HUMAN TRAFFICKING STING-PKG TWO UNDERCOVER OPERATIONS HAPPENING OVER THE WEEKEND IN TULARE COUNTY. IN THE FIRST , DETECTIVES SETTING UP FAKE ADVERTISEMENTS ON KNOWN PROSTITUTION SITES LOOKING FOR CUSTOMERS. IT DID NOT TAKE THEM LONG TO NAB A SUSPECT… TAKE SOT: Lt. Joe Torres, Tulare County Sheriff’s Office 17:48-18:03 “He was soliciting our undercover…having our undercover provide services. So he drove from Hanford to Tulare County thinking he was going to meet our undercover for services an at that point he was arrested.” ACCORDING TO DETECTIVES, 44- YEAR-OLD JOSAFAT GUTIERREZ WAS BOOKED INTO THE TULARE COUNTY JAIL FOR ALLEGEDLY TRYING TO SOLICIT AN UNDERCOVER OFFICER. DETECTIVES SEARCHING FOR HUMAN TRAFFICKING VICTIMS BELIEVE THEY SAVED AN 18-YEAR-OLD FEMALE. TAKE SOT: 29:00- “anytime you have the ability to rescue one person. One person..to rescue somebody who is not even from your county. Who you have no idea they’re on the map is an absolute success because if she wasn’t rescued here, caught here, or discovered here she might have never been rescued.” 35-YEAR-OLD KENNETH BRYSON FROM ELK GROVE ARRESTED ON THE SUSPICION OF PIMPING. DEBRA RUSH, FOUNDER OF BREAKING THE CHAINS SAYS MOST OF THESES VICTIMS DON’T HAVE ANYWHERE TO GO. HER ORGANIZATION IS THERE TO HELP. TAKE SOT: 03:21- Debra Rush, Founder, Breaking the Chains ‘most of the individuals that we see coming out of trafficking their core vulnerabilities is they have no relationship with anybody outside the trafficking circle.” ### [A20]TULARE CO HUMAN TRAFFICKING STING-MON TAG PEDRO AND TULARE COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE SAYS THEY PLAN TO DO MORE OF THESE UNDERCOVER OPERATIONS. IF YOU KNOW SOMEONE WHO’S BEING TRAFFICKED, THERE ARE SOME RESOURCES OUT THERE, I’LL POST A LINK ON OUR WEBSITE, YOUR CENTRAL VALLEY DOT COM. PEDRO QUINTANA KSEE 24 LNTM. ### [A21]RIVERSIDE OFFICER BURIED-ON CAM STEFANI A MEMORIAL SERVICE TODAY TO REMEMBER A C-H-P OFFICER

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