Two Day Operation Resulting in 12 Arrests

Police Major Crimes Task Force Conducts Two Day Operation Resulting in 12 Arrests
DATE/TIME: Friday, November 17, 2017

LOCATION: Holt Avenue Corridor, Pomona, CA

CRIME: 647(b) PC – Prostitution

653.22(a)(1) PC – Loiter with Intent to Commit Prostitution

166(a)(4) PC – Court Order Violation

VICTIM: State of California

UNIT:  Police Department – Major Crimes Task Force

NARRATIVE:

On Thursday, November 16th and Friday, November 17th the PPD Major Crimes Task Force conducted a two day vice operation focused on the area known as the Holt Corridor. The operation used plainclothes officers which resulted in 6 arrests for 647(b) PC – Prostitution, 5 arrests for 653.22(a) PC Loitering with Intent to Commit Prostitution and 1 arrest for 166(a)(4) PC – Court Order. The court order violation was a result of the suspect returning to the Holt Corridor after being served with a “Stay Away” order (court order) issued by a Los Angeles Superior Court Judge. The “Stay Away” order is reserved for individuals that have been identified though the court process as habitual offenders. This is one of many tools utilized by the Pomona Police Department to address prostitution activity along the Holt Corridor.  

The Pomona Police Department takes a zero tolerance approach to human trafficking and sexual exploitation.

The operation was a success and similar operations are scheduled to take place in the future.

The “Holt Corridor” encompasses a major thoroughfare in the City of Pomona. It is nationally known as a track/blade where individuals can negotiate sexual acts in exchange for currency. These crimes are detrimental to the safety and well being of the citizens and business owners of Pomona. The goal of the operation was to target prostitution related crimes and focus attention on the entire Holt Corridor with a priority placed on recovering juveniles, arresting prostitutes and arresting johns. The Pomona Police Department continues to pursue the identification and prosecution of human traffickers (pimps) who facilitate the prostitution activity along the Holt Corridor.

The operation was conducted in response to numerous complaints received from residents and local business owners. The Pomona Police Department is taking a proactive approach to improving the quality of life by addressing and deterring human trafficking and prostitution activities along the Holt Ave corridor.

The Pomona Police Department takes a proactive approach to combating human trafficking. Anyone with information regarding Human Trafficking or the above articulated investigations is encouraged to contact the Pomona Police Department at 909 -620-2085. If you prefer to provide information anonymously, you may call “Crime Stoppers” at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477)