BARSTOW — Authorities arrested a 25-year-old man here Thursday who they say was involved in sex trafficking.
Members of the San Bernardino County Human Trafficking Task Force began surveillance on a 17-year-old female they suspected was involved in the commercial sex trade Thursday after discovering she was advertised for prostitution on “backpage.com,” according to authorities.
Investigators contacted the victim and she agreed to meet with them at a motel in the 1100 block of East Main Street in Barstow.
“Surveillance was conducted on the room the victim provided and a male suspect, later identified as George Vaughn, was seen leaving the room,” officials said in a statement. “Vaughn returned to the room while investigators were interviewing the victim and (was) placed under arrest.”
Authorities said further investigation determined Vaughn was involved in pimping and pandering the victim, who was determined to be an adult, and property belonging to the Vaughn was located in the victim’s motel room.
The victim was offered resources and released without incident, according to authorities.
Vaughn, who is a resident of Sacramento, was transported to the Barstow jail and booked on suspicion of felony pimping and pandering in lieu of $100,000 bail.
The investigation is ongoing and authorities believe there are other unidentified victims related to this case. They’re asking anyone with information to contact the San Bernardino County Human Trafficking Task Force at 909-387-8400. Anyone wishing to remain anonymous may contact the We-Tip Hotline at 1-800-782-7463 or visit www.wetip.com.
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