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Four pimping suspects came from East Bay

Four men arrested on suspicion of pimping in Sonoma County during a national effort targeting child prostitution were from Sacramento, Oakland and Vallejo, authorities said.

Only one of the three teenage girls suspected to have been working in prostitution whom officers rescued during operations in Santa Rosa and Petaluma was a local resident, Sonoma County Sheriff's officials said.

The other two girls were from elsewhere in Northern California. They were ages 15 to 17.

The regional span of people involved in underage prostitution at local hotels illustrates the movement of pimps and child prostitutes throughout the Bay Area, said Sgt. Ruben Martinez, who runs the Sheriff's Office domestic violence/sex crimes team.

"There is a circuit," Martinez said.


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