Several Arrests Made in North Bay Human Trafficking Operation
(by James Lanaras) – San Rafael police participated in a four-day statewide human trafficking enforcement operation last week and made several arrests.
Two men, Mark Young, 52, of Napa, and Aldelso Lucan Vail, 27, of San Rafael, were cited and released for allegedly soliciting an adult for prostitution.
Hamilton Monterroso Rodas, 29, of San Rafael and Andrew Castillo, 24, of Daly City were arrested and booked into Marin County Jail on suspicion of contacting a minor for sex.
Rafael Alexander Norman, 27, of Oakland, was arrested and booked into jail for pimping and Chelsea Reyes, 24, of Vallejo, was cited and released for aiding a prostitute, Sgt. Scott Eberle said.
In addition to arresting men willing to pay for sex with adults or minors under age 14, the operation between last Thursday and Sunday — titled Operation Reclaim and Rebuild — focused on locating the victims of human trafficking and arresting their traffickers.
Marin County sheriff’s deputies and Novato and San Rafael police participated in this year’s operation coordinated by the Los Angeles Regional Human Trafficking Task Force, which is comprised of more than 40 local, state and federal law enforcement agencies and task forces in the state.
The 2017 statewide Operation Reclaim and Rebuild resulted in the arrest of 142 males for soliciting prostitution, 36 males for pimping, and the recovery of 28 sexually exploited children and 27 adult victims.