On Wednesday, February 24, 2016, members of various units from the Ventura County Sheriff’s Office and the Ventura County District Attorney’s Office conducted an investigation into potential human trafficking occurring in the cities of Camarillo and Thousand Oaks. The objective of the investigation was to identify prostitutes who are victims of human trafficking, and to identify subjects acting as “pimps.” Investigators searched the internet and located subjects advertising prostitution in Camarillo and Thousand Oaks. Investigators made contact with the subjects and determined they were all operating out of various motels. Investigators sought and obtained search warrants for the subjects and their motel rooms, and later served the search warrants, recovering additional evidence of the conspiracy to commit prostitution. Sara Cox, 31, of Oxnard, and Jiayang Yang, 44, a transient, were contacted at motels in Camarillo and arrested. Katherine Cullen, 35, of Las Vegas, and Asia Noel, 25, of Sacramento, were contacted at motels in Thousand Oaks and arrested. All four of the arrested subjects appeared to be working independently from one another.
Residents of Ventura County can expect the Ventura County Sheriff’s Office and Ventura County District Attorney’s Office to continue actively and aggressively investigating potential human trafficking cases in Ventura County communities.