On January 24th thru January 26th 2019 officers of the Merced Police Department DART and GVSU Team participated in the statewide operation “Reclaim and Rebuild” targeting those involved in Human Trafficking and Prostitution.
The undercover operation focused on arresting people who engage in human trafficking and prostitution, officers arrested the subjects when they arrived to engage in prostitution. Officers arrested (20) twenty people during the weekend operation.
After the press release on Monday afternoon, officers of the Merced Police Department DART team continued to receive requests from men wanted to pay for sex services.
Officers had the suspected Johns meet at a Downtown Merced business office after they agreed to pay for sex services. Three (3) men arrived and met with undercover officers. The suspects were arrested for solicitation of prostitution. The arrested individuals are Cristian Cortes-Reyes (Age 22), Jose Dematos (Age 43), Thai Vang (Age 30)
Merced Police are asking anyone with any information regarding these cases to contact Sergeant Solis at (209) 385-4703, or the Merced Police Department Tipster Line at (209) 385-4725. The public can send information via anonymous text messages to police department by dialing “TIP411” (847411) and including the word “Comvip” as the “keyword” in the text message.