Citrus Heights Police Target Human Trafficking in Multi-Agency Operation

  |  By Sgt. Chad Morris, Citrus Heights Police Department
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39 year old Hamel Yan of Elk Grove, 19 year old Darrick Chavis of Vacaville, 42 year old Steven Birdsong of Antelope, and 57 year old Daniel Pellissier of Sacramento. Photo courtesy of Citrus Heights Police

SACRAMENTO REGION, CA (MPG) - The Citrus Heights Police Department’s Special Investigations Unit conducted multiple sting operations last week as part of the 4th Annual Reclaim and Rebuild Enforcement Operation. This operation was in coordination with the Los Angeles Regional Human Trafficking Task Force in an effort to identify and rescue commercially, sexually exploited victims of human trafficking and to disrupt the demand of prostitution by targeting the people who seek to victimize others through either soliciting or requesting services of prostitution.

Our efforts were focused on identifying and arresting the “Pimps” (those who were coordinating the services of victims) and “Johns” (those seeking to take advantage of those victims) and rescuing the victims of human trafficking. Using the internet and various other tactics including undercover operations, the Citrus Heights Police Department made (10) arrests. These arrests included prostitution, probation violations, as well as felony and misdemeanor warrant arrests.

The City of Citrus Heights and the community of Citrus Heights do not tolerate human trafficking and will continue to detect, deter, and hold those accountable for their involvement in prostitution and victimizing others. If you or someone you know needs help or you suspect human trafficking may be occurring, please contact the Citrus Heights Police Department to help us stop human trafficking and rescue those who are victimized.

The arrested “Johns” were identified (pictured below from left to right) as 39 year old Hamel Yan of Elk Grove, 19 year old Darrick Chavis of Vacaville, 42 year old Steven Birdsong of Antelope, and 57 year old Daniel Pellissier of Sacramento. See Los Angeles County’s Sheriff’s Official Press Release video regarding Operation Reclaim and Rebuild https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pXDXB07dRpo