San Luis Obispo man arrested for human trafficking
May 30, 2014
San Luis Obispo police arrested nine people for various prostitution related offenses including human trafficking on Thursday.
Officers conducted a one night sting operation at a San Luis Obispo motel. According to a press release, the goal of the operation was to arrest prostitutes and johns with the intent of shining a light on the hazards of solicitation of prostitution.
Officers arrested Douglas J. Stephens, 20, of San Luis Obispo for felony human trafficking of a 16-year-old female and pimping a minor. He was booked into the San Luis Obispo County Jail with bail set at $45,000.
Police arrested the 16-year-old female from San Luis Obispo for prostitution and resisting arrest.
After police attempted to arrest the juvenile, she ran to a vehicle Stephens was in and warned him that law enforcement was present before she fled the scene. As Stephens was preparing to drive away, officers successfully detained him and then found the 16-year-old. She was later booked into the San Luis Obispo County Juvenile Services Center.
Police also arrested David King, 52, of Oceano, Harry Choate, 32, of Paso Robles, Crescensio Hernandez-Villar, 44, of San Luis Obispo for solicitation of prostitution. The following five women were arrested for prostitution: Depeche Lewallen, 22, of San Luis Obispo, Tyeshisa Orr, 26, of Sacramento, Mellisa Amey, 23, of Madera, and Shuante Madden, 25, of Fresno.