POMONA – Pomona Police Department’s Major Crimes Task Force responded to residents’ and local businesses’ numerous complaints with yesterday’s Prostitution/Anti-Human Trafficking Operations on Holt Avenue (AKA ‘The Track’ or ‘The Blade’).
Plainclothes officers deployed to the Holt Corridor – an area rife with dangerous underground activities – arrested six people for the crimes 653.22(a)(1) PC – Loiter with Intent to Commit Prostitution and 653.23(a) PC – Aiding Prostitution.
Major Crimes Task Force Officer Dan Gomez announced, “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 those who aid in the commission of prostitution-related crimes. The ‘Holt Corridor’ encompasses a major thoroughfare in the City of Pomona. These crimes are detrimental to the safety and well-being of the citizens and business owners of Pomona.”
Arrested yesterday were Yuliana Soto (22) of West Covina, Devion Taylor (25) of Bellflower, Lashanae Steward (22) of Hemet, Erin Crowfield (22) of Perris, Jessica Lucas (28) of Los Angeles, and Darren Carr (22) of Ontario.
MCTF Officer Gomez emphasized, “Aiding prostitution is defined as directing, supervising, recruiting, collecting and receiving proceeds, and communicating and monitoring another person who is engaging in prostitution-related activity. The Pomona Police Department takes a zero- tolerance approach to human trafficking and sexual exploitation.”
Information is sought regarding human trafficking and the above-articulated investigations. Call Pomona PD (909)620-2085. To provide information anonymously, call “Crime Stoppers” at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).