23rd Street human trafficking operation leads to pimp’s arrest

23rd Street human trafficking operation leads to arrest
Photo of 23rd Street human trafficking courtesy of the Richmond Police Department.

A human trafficking operation on 23rd Street in Richmond on Thursday night led to the arrest of a 35-year-old man suspected of pimping a 17-year-old girl, police said.

The incident occurred about 10 p.m., when officers followed a car that the 17-year-old girl had entered during an operation involving foot and bicycle cops and detectives from RPD’s Domestic & Sexual Violence Unit.

When the car pulled into the Economy Inn motel on San Pablo Avenue, officers contacted both parties.

“The girl tried to run away from officers but she was quickly stopped,” according to the police report. “The man told officers he was going to pay to have sex with the 17 yr old girl in a specific room at the motel.”

Officers went to the motel room where they said they encountered a 35-year-old man who they learned was on parole for pimping. Police say the man knew the girl was 17.

He was arrested for human trafficking of a minor, while the teenager was taken to the West County Family Justice Center on 24th Street to be connected with victim advocates and resources.

“We appreciate the efforts of our officers and detectives who continue to combat the Human Trafficking problem that is prevalent along the 23rd St. corridor by conducting numerous undercover operations,” Richmond police spokesman Lt. Felix Tan said.