On August 29th, 2022

California DOJ Teams with Kings County S-O and FBI to Combat Human Trafficking 12 people arrested on various charges related to human trafficking and child exploitation

“There is no toleration for sex crimes in our communities.  These crimes are not victimless and can physically harm and emotionally scar victims for a lifetime.  Kudos to the law enforcement officers who organized and carried out this operation.” – CSLEA President Alan Barcelona

KINGS COUNTY – On August 19-21, 2022, the Kings County Sheriff’s Office, California Department of Justice, FBI, Kings County Major Crimes Task Force, and the advocacy group Breaking the Chains conducted an operation to combat human trafficking and child exploitation.

During the operation, investigators used the internet to communicate with numerous individuals. Through those communications, several people arranged to meet to pay for sex, receive money for sex, meet up with underage girls for sex, or to procure underage girls to enter into human trafficking. As a result, 12 people were arrested on various charges related to human trafficking and child exploitation.

Arrested were:

  • Van Patrick Lazaro, 29, PC 288.3, PC 288.4, PC 664/261.5d(Booked into Kings County Jail)
  • Fabian Fernandez Arroyo, 29, PC 288.3, PC 288.4, PC 664/261.5d (Booked into Kings County Jail)
  • Marshall Scott, 27, PC 647b (Issued Citation)
  • Luis Gomez, 55, PC 288.3, PC 288.4, PC 664/261.5d (Booked into Kings County Jail)
  • Adam Vang, 22, PC 236.1(C)(1), PC 266h, PC 266i (Booked into Kings County Jail)
  • Amadeo Alzola, 33, PC 288.3, PC 288.4, PC 261.5d (Booked into Kings County Jail)
  • Steven Davis, 53, PC 647b (Issued Citation)
  • Joseph Flores, 29, PC 288.3, PC 288.4, PC 664/261.5d (Booked into Kings County Jail)
  • Jerry Beard, 26, PC 236.1(C)(1), PC 266h, PC 266i (Booked into Fresno County Jail)

The booking photos below are of the six individuals booked into Kings County Jail.

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