Drew Naté |

A report released earlier this year showed California led the nation in human trafficking cases in 2019. Traffickers target California, according to the San Bernardino County District Attorney’s office, because it is popular border state with the world’s fifth-largest economy

Human Trafficking is defined by the United Nations as “the recruitment, transportation, transfer, harbouring or receipt of persons, by means that can include the threat or use of force or other forms of coercion, abduction, fraud, or deception, for the purpose of exploitation.

(source: nealdavislaw.com)

San Bernardino County’s Coalition Against Sexual Exploitation or C.A.S.E., reported in January, Human Trafficking is the fastest growing criminal operation and it is projected to rise as the number one criminal enterprise by 2024. 

A recent arrest

On Sept. 21, San Bernardino Police Department’s Vice Team was conducting surveillance in the downtown area of the city in an attempt to locate a minor and a suspect allegedly involved in the human trafficking of the minor.

A man and woman were both arrested for alleged felony violations of human trafficking of a minor and the victim was rescued after the male suspect and the minor were located together at a local motel according to San Bernardino Police Department officials.

Samuel Irby-Smith and Emillee Campos (San Bernardino Police Department)

The male suspect taken into custody was identified as Samuel Irby-Smith.

Through further investigation, officers learned an alleged female prostitute, later identified as Emillee Campos, was purportedly involved in the human trafficking of the minor as well.

Both Campos and Irby-Smith were booked for felony violations of human trafficking of a minor and currently are being held in lieu of $500,000 bail.

Anyone wishing to report activities or concerns related to human trafficking to the San Bernardino Police Department’s Vice Team can do so directly by calling (909) 384-5667 or by email at vice@sbcity.org. Anyone wishing to remain anonymous may contact We-Tip hotline at 1-888-78-CRIME, or you may leave the information on the WE-Tip website at www.wetip.com

Drew Naté,  a resident of Corona, California, reports for Black Voice News and the IE Voice where he focuses on stories within the Inland Empire and throughout California. An advocate for equity and social justice, he emphasizes civil rights for African Americans. Drew previously served as a staff reporter for The Criterion, a student-run newspaper publication at La Sierra University where he received his bachelor’s degree in Communications. Drew’s areas of interest include international climate change, fashion, and criminal justice reform. Contact Drew with tips, comments, and/or concerns at drew@blackvoicenews.com.

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