A man and woman from Los Angeles were arrested on charges of human trafficking of a minor in San Bernardino on Oct. 30, according to the San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department.
Investigators from the county's Human Trafficking Task Force responded to a request from San Bernardino Police Department officers regarding the contact of a possible victim of human trafficking. Officers indicated they contacted two females and a male during a traffic stop near the intersection of 6th St. and F St. in San Bernardino and identified one of the females as a 15-year-old runaway from Los Angeles County.
All three subjects were detained and transported back to the San Bernardino Police Station for additional investigation and interviews.
During the interviews with all three subjects, investigators discovered evidence that supported the juvenile’s involvement in prostitution and as a victim of human trafficking. Through continued interviews, Task Force investigators were able to confirm her identity and the circumstances that led her into being controlled by her two alleged traffickers, and ultimately her exploitation. The victim was rescued, offered immediate services and resources, and then safely returned to her family.
Upon concluding the interviews, Peter Castillo, 30, was transported to Central Detention Center for booking, while Johnette Terrell, 18, was transported to West Valley Detention Center for booking. Both were booked for felony violations related to human trafficking of a minor.
Castillo was being held in lieu of $550,000 bail and a no bail violation related to him being arrested while out on bail for a prior San Bernardino County charge for human trafficking. Terrell was being held in lieu of $150,000 bail.
This investigation is ongoing. Investigators believe there are other unidentified victims related to this case and are asking anyone with information to contact the Human Trafficking Task Force at (909) 387-8400. Anyone wishing to remain anonymous may contact We-Tip at 1-888-78-CRIME or leave information on the We-Tip website at www.wetip.com.