Multi-agency effort results in four arrests, one felony, 10 victims helped
By Scott Alonso, Public Information Officer, Office of the District Attorney, Contra Costa County
Earlier this month, two proactive enforcement operations convened by multiple law enforcement agencies working with Contra Costa County’s Human Trafficking Task Force resulted in multiple arrests of alleged traffickers in Pittsburg and Richmond. The focus of each operation was to stem traffickers from exploiting victims, provide services on the scene for victims and deter future criminal activity in West County and East County. The task force is a multi-disciplinary collaborative effort among local, state and federal law enforcement and community-based victim service providers to take a victim-centered and trauma-informed approach to the investigation and prosecution of all forms of trafficking and related criminal conduct in our community.
On June 4, the Pittsburg Police Department hosted a multi-agency human trafficking operation. As a result of the operation, four arrests were made, and one felony human trafficking case was filed by the DA’s Office involving two defendants. Pittsburg Police is a member of the task force. The operation included personnel from Pittsburg PD, Brentwood Police Department, Concord Police Department, Richmond Police Department, Contra Costa County Probation Department, Contra Costa County Sheriff’s Office and the District Attorney’s Office. Victim Service partners were Community Violence Solutions and the DA’s Victim-Witness Assistance Program.
On June 11, Richmond Police hosted a human trafficking operation focused on the 23rd Street corridor. Criminal activity in the 23rd Street corridor impacts neighboring San Pablo, as well. Law enforcement personnel included Richmond officers from the Community Violence Reduction Team and patrol with support from the DA’s Human Trafficking Unit. Four arrests were made by task force members during this operation and investigations into trafficking and related criminal activity continue. Ten victims were put in contact with victim services, provided by Community Violence Solutions, Family Justice Center and the DA’s Office.
If you or someone you know has information regarding any acts or suspicions of human trafficking, please call the Contra Costa County Human Trafficking tip line maintained by the District Attorney’s Office: 925-957-8658.
To get help, call Community Violence Solutions 24-hour resources line (800-670-7273) and Contra Costa’s Family Justice Center (925-521-6366). To report suspected exploitation of youth, call the Children and Family Services/Child Abuse Hotline (1-877-881-1116).
Contra Costa County was awarded a federal grant in October 2018 to form a Human Trafficking Task Force. The DA’s Office shares management of the Task Force with the Contra Costa Alliance to End Abuse in order to hold offenders accountable while providing culturally competent services and support to survivors.