Photo: 500 block Elm Street
SAN RAFAEL — A human trafficking suspect on the lam since last summer was apprehended by police on March 6 for an outstanding arrest warrant issued by the Marin County District Attorney’s Office.
Officers from San Rafael traveled some 40 miles to arrest 21-year-old Andrea Lopez-Luna, at a residence situated on the 500 block of Elm Street in San Carlos.
Lopez-Luna of San Rafael was in hiding since last summer. She fled when detectives from the San Rafael Street Crimes Unit arrested her associate on suspicion of driving a prostitute to appointments with johns.
Her associate, Diana Vasquez-Reyes (22) of San Rafael, was booked last July on charges for human trafficking and directing, supervising, recruiting or otherwise aiding a person in commission of human trafficking.
Both arrests stem from ongoing sting operations. Undercover investigators respond to “escort” website advertisements to fight human trafficking crimes occurring throughout Marin County.
In the case involving Lopez-Luna, detectives agreed to meet with a woman at a specified location in San Rafael for sexual acts in exchange for money. When the woman arrived, detectives learned that she was a victim of human trafficking.
Lopez-Luna is accused of forcing the victim into a life of prostitution, controlling the victim by withholding her identity information, keeping all the money from prostitution activities, and threatening violence to prevent the victim from contacting the police.
Lopez-Luna was transported to Marin County Jail, where she was booked on charges for human trafficking, pimping; and directing, supervising, recruiting or otherwise aiding in the commission of false imprisonment or human trafficking. She remains in custody in lieu of $100,000 bond.