Man Arrested for Human Trafficking

Staff Reports

San Bernardino – Investigators of the San Bernardino County Human Trafficking Task Force (SBCHTTF) recently closed an investigation regarding the sexual exploitation of a minor by arresting Marquell Deante Stewart, or better known by his street name, “Kell the King.”

Investigators concluded that multiple female victims, who are minors, were forced into work by Stewart. The victims were forced to work in the areas of San Bernardino and Pomona. Stewart is being charged with multiple counts of pimping, pandering, sexual exploitation of a minor and human trafficking.

The SBCHTTFs mission is to expedite those committing crimes in human trafficking and to bring them to justice. They also plan to advance their work in the search and rescue of victims involved in human trafficking. Investigators have recognized that many of the suspects linked to sex trafficking are actually victims forced into the lifestyle. In recent years, law enforcement has provided victims with, along with traditional measures, more information, direction and resources to free themselves from the physical and psychological abuse related to sexual trafficking.

Law enforcement encourages anyone with information on this case or any other to contact Deputy Vanessa Lopez or Investigator Jose Guzman at 909-890-4840. Those wishing to remain anonymous can call the “We Tip Hotline” at 800-782-7463 or go online at http://www.wetip.com