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Five Arrested Following Breakup Of Human Trafficking Ring Discovered In Ventura County

A sting operation in Ventura County led to the discovery of a human trafficking ring which forced dozen of women into prostitution in Southern California.

The Ventura County Sheriff’s Department investigation started six months ago, as the result of an undercover operation at a Camarillo motel. Detectives say they discovered a group was operating throughout the region, using Chinese women forced to work as prostitutes.

They say the ring raked in hundreds of thousands of dollars a month from the operation. Five people were arrested, and more than a million dollars in cash, and three houses were seized.

Lance Orozco has been News Director of KCLU since 2001, providing award-winning coverage of some of the biggest news events in the region, including the Thomas and Woolsey brush fires, the deadly Montecito debris flow, the Borderline Bar and Grill attack, and Ronald Reagan's funeral.