A total of 14 people were arrested for allegedly soliciting prostitution, the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department announced Saturday.

Members of the department’s Southwest Station Community Outreach Resources Engagement Special Enforcement Team and Metro Team, in partnership with the Riverside County Anti-Human Trafficking Task Force and the Gang Task Force Region Four, conducted a sting Thursday to reduce the demand for sex trafficking in Temecula, officials said.

Law enforcement personnel placed decoy advertisements on popular classified websites commonly used for solicitation of online prostitution and communicated with prospective customers. After allegedly reaching an agreement for paid sexual acts, the suspects were arrested upon their arrival at the meeting location, the sheriff’s department reported.

During the operation, authorities contacted a woman who is believed to be a victim of human trafficking and was possibly being forced to engage in prostitution against her will. The identity of the victim was not released, but sheriff’s officials said she was referred to victim services.

The ages of those arrested ranged from 20 to 54 years old.

Authorities said one in six endangered reported runaways are likely victims of sex tracking, and encouraged the public to report human trafficking activity to the National Human Trafficking Resource Center Hotline at 888-373-7888.

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