Ten men were arrested on a charge of solicitation for prostitution during an in-call hotel "John" operation on Sept. 5, according to the San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department.

The suspects, who ranged in age from 23 to 61 years, were all residents of San Bernardino and Riverside counties.

On Sept. 5 at about noon, the San Bernardino County Human Trafficking Task Force conducted the operation at a hotel in the 200 block of N. 9th Street in Colton.

Undercover officers were deployed to pose as prostitutes through on-line advertisements. On-line advertisements are more often used as a means for the commercialized trafficking of underaged victims in the sex trade.

During the operation, the officers were contacted and solicited for acts of prostitution by multiple suspects. Upon their arrival at the location, the suspects were taken into custody.

After being interviewed and processed, all 10 suspects were transported and booked at Central Detention Center. Investigators discovered that one suspect is an actively registered sex offender from Moreno Valley.

The county's Human Trafficking Task Force is made up of investigators from the Sheriff's Department, District Attorney's Office, Redlands Police Department, Ontario Police Department, California State Parole, Office of Homeland Security and the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

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