Human Trafficking Task Force Arrested 15 Men

Human Trafficking Task Force Arrested 15 Men in Underage Internet Operation

UPDATE: Attorney Pat Carey Informed us charges were dropped. “Felony charges were dropped against him today … Mr. Mendez has no criminal history and this was a misunderstanding …” said Attorney Pat Carey via email Nov 14, 2017. (NOTE: no confirmation from court system but it does take a while to update)

On Saturday, October 21, 2017, detectives from the Los Angeles Regional Human Trafficking Task Force (LARHTTF) along with deputies from Carson Sheriff’s Station conducted an Anti-Human Trafficking – Cyber Operation, at a local hotel in la County. This operation targeted the demand side of commercial sex activity with a specific focus on predators who pursue sexual activity with minors.
During the operation, detectives posted personal advertisements on the internet and responded to men who solicited sex in exchange for money. During Saturday’s operation ten men were arrested for felony charges after they arrived at the location believing they were going to have sex with a minor. Five men were arrested for misdemeanor charges upon arriving at the location after they arranged to have sex with an adult, in exchange for money.

The following men were arrested for a felony and booked at Carson Sheriff’s Station for “Traveling to Meet a Minor for Lewd or Lascivious Behavior” a felony violation:

Jorge Chan, 21, of Cerritos

Jonathan Derby, 35, of Los Angeles

Thangamani Eraniyan, 41, of Cypress

Edgar Gomez Angeles, 40, of Rancho Palos Verdes

Christopher Martin, 38, of Carson

Samuel Mendez, 25, of Irvine (UPDATE: Attorney Pat Carey Informed us charges were dropped)

Edward Morishima, 55, of Honolulu, Hi

Ho Kok Ngann, 40, of Rowland Heights

Roy Vishwajit, 49, of Arcadia

Hsieh Yo, 36, of Pomona

They are scheduled to be arraigned in Compton Court on Tuesday, October 24, 2017.

Anyone with information about this incident is encouraged to contact the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department Human Trafficking Bureau at (323) 526-5156. If you prefer to provide information anonymously, you may call “Crime Stoppers” by dialing (800) 222-TIPS (8477), use your smartphone by downloading the “P3 Tips” Mobile APP on Google play or the Apple App Store or by using the website

The Los Angeles County Sheriff Department’s Human Trafficking Bureau houses the LA Regional Human Trafficking Task Force, the nation’s largest co-located human trafficking task force. The Task Force is a collaboration of federal, state, county and local law enforcement, social service agency and non-government and community-based organizations investigating and serving the needs of commercially exploited adults and minors victimized for the purpose of sex and labor.

The LA Regional Human Trafficking Task Force brings together systems and disciplines to address the victim’s needs through a victim centered, trauma informed approach. The task force employs a regionalized strategy that crosses jurisdictional boundaries to identify and rescue victims while aggressively pursuing traffickers and buyers.

#LASD #Carson

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