MORENO VALLEY – Four individuals were arrested on Thursday in conjunction with an effort to manage the ongoing issues with prostitution within the city.
On January 21, 2016, officers from the Moreno Valley Police Department’s Problem Oriented Policing (POP) Team and investigators from the Riverside County Anti-Human Trafficking Task Force (RCAHT) conducted a joint operation. Their efforts targeted suspected prostitutes working in the city of Moreno Valley.
Authorities report that the purpose of the operation was to dissuade prostitution in the city as well as to identify prostitutes who might be victims of human trafficking. The operation resulted in three arrests for prostitution and one arrest for pimping/pandering.
Flor Lopez, age 23, of San Bernardino, CA.
Maria Nobles, age 23, of Moreno Valley, CA.
Jeannette Gonzales, age 40, of Lake Elsinore, CA.
Saulo Mazariegos, age 34, of Upland, CA.
According to a press release from the Riverside Sheriff’s Department, Lopez, Nobles, and Gonzales were released on a written notice to appear in Riverside Superior Court at a later date. Mazariegos was arrested with an additional a no-bail felony warrant out of San Bernardino for burglary. He was booked into the Robert Presley Detention Center.
The Moreno Valley Police Department continues to work to end prostitution and to protect those who are victims of human trafficking. This investigation is ongoing and they have asked that the public share information about crimes of this type and others occurring throughout the city. Those with information are encouraged to contact the Moreno Valley Police Department at 951-247-8700.