A 26-year-old Ontario man was arrested for allegedly being involved in the human trafficking of two victims, including a juvenile, according to the San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department.
On June 6 at about 11 a.m., investigators from the San Bernardino County Human Trafficking Task Force were contacted by Ontario Police Department officers regarding the case in the 3200 block of Centre Lake Drive.
The investigators learned the 16-year-old female victim was actively working as a prostitute for a man known as "Amen" for several days. "Amen" was positively identified as Vincent Callendar, the Sheriff's Department said.
Investigators initiated surveillance at several locations in an effort to locate him. Within hours, Task Force members located Callender while he was traveling in a vehicle with an unknown male. With the assistance of uniformed Ontario Police officers, Callender was contacted during a traffic stop and detained without incident. The driver of the vehicle Callender was in during the stop was identified and released after he was determined to be uninvolved. Callender was transported back to the Ontario P.D. for an interview.
During the investigation, a second victim was discovered and contacted by Task Force members. Investigators determined she was a 19-year-old adult who was also allegedly actively being prostituted by Callender, and had been for several months. Investigators also found evidence which indicated that physical force had allegedly been used against this adult victim by Callender during that same time.
Upon completing the interview with Callender, investigators processed and booked him into West Valley Detention Center for alleged 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 was being held in lieu of $1.5 million bail.
Both victims were rescued and provided access to services prior to being safely released to their families.
Investigators believe there are other unidentified victims related to this case and are asking anyone with information to 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 leave information on the WE-Tip website at www.wetip.com.