CHINO (CBSLA.com) – A 39-year-old Los Angeles man was arrested Wednesday, accused of using a commercial medical building in Chino as a brothel.
The San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department reports that Luis Flores Lopez advertised prostitution services on Backpage.com for multiple victims based out of a building in the 12500 block of 10th Street.
On Wednesday, the San Bernardino County Human Trafficking Task Force conducted surveillance at the building and then raided it. Two victims were rescued, SBSD reports.
Lopez was apprehended inside and booked on felony charges of pimping and pandering. Detectives believe he was the primary suspect responsible for running the human trafficking operation.
The brazen operation was taking place just a block from the Chino Police Department.
Two suspects who were there to pay for sex were also arrested, SBSD said.
Lopez is being held at the West Valley Detention Center on $100,000 bail.
On Thursday evening, KCAL 9’s Tina Patel spoke to stunned neighbors.
“That’s crazy,” said Johnny Garcia, “this is Chino. It doesn’t happen around here.”
“I’ve been here 40 years,” said one woman, “and I’ve never, never, never heard anything like that.”
People who worked in neighboring offices didn’t want to talk on camera but said they never noticed anything unusual.
They said people were always coming and going, just like any medical office.
“You would think, doctor’s office. They’re going in for treatment,” said Betty Acosta.
She added, “It’s horrible. This is disgusting. I’m glad that he was caught.”