ONTARIO, Calif. – A 26-year-old Ontario man was arrested for pimping two females, one of them a minor.
On Thursday, June 6, 2019, at around 11:00 a.m., investigators were led to a location in the 3200 block of Centre Lake Drive in the City of Ontario. During the investigation, it was learned that the 16-year-old girl was working as a prostitute for an adult male known to her as “Amen”. She told authorities that she had been working as a prostitute for several days. Information gained during the investigation enabled the Human Trafficking investigators to positively identify Amen as Vincent Callender.
Investigators initiated surveillance at several locations in an effort to locate him. Callender was located traveling in a vehicle with another male. The vehicle was stopped and Callender was taken into custody. He was transported to the Ontario Police Department for an interview. A second victim, a 19-year-old woman, was contacted by authorities. They learned that she was actively being prostituted by Callender for several months. Through investigation, they also found evidence that physical force had been used against the 2nd victim.
Callender was booked him into the West Valley Detention Center for felony violations of Human Trafficking, Pimping and Pandering of a Minor as well as Human Trafficking, Pimping and Pandering of an Adult With Force. He is being held in lieu of $1.5 million dollar bail.
Both victims were rescued and provided access to services prior to being safely released to their families.
This investigation is ongoing. Investigators believe there are other unidentified victims related to this case and are asking anyone with information related to this investigation, please contact the San Bernardino County Human Trafficking Task Force at (909)387-8400. Anyone wishing to remain anonymous may contact We-Tip at 1-888-78-CRIME or you may leave the information on the WE-Tip Hotline at www.wetip.com.
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