FULLERTON (CBSLA.com) — Fullerton Police have arrested a 27-year-old man they accuse of human trafficking.
Authorities said they received an anonymous tip on Friday around 8:35 p.m. that a woman was potentially being held against her will in an apartment in the vicinity of Malden and Sante Fe Streets.READ MORE: Coyote Spotted In Hollywood Hills
The tipster alleged the woman was also likely a victim of a human trafficking ring and that her pimp was armed with a handgun.
Fullerton Police responded to the tip and began conducting a surveillance operation.
Officials said they quickly identified the suspect, Zhentao Shen, a 37-year-old Asian male and Fullerton resident. Two adult Asian women were also located inside the apartment, according to police.READ MORE: Simone Biles Plans To Compete In Balance Beam Final In Tokyo
Shen was placed under arrest and charged with pimping and pandering. Officials believe Shen is part of a larger operation and the investigation is on-going.
Police offered counseling services to the victims. Officials said the counseling will be “continued and on-going.”
Fullerton Police are asking anyone with information about Shen to come forward to assist in the case. If you know someone who is a victim of human trafficking, you’re asked to contact the Orange County Human Trafficking Task Force or call the National Human Trafficking Hotline at (888) 373-7888.MORE NEWS: Exclusive Video: Glenn Allen Brooks, 61, Of Huntington Beach Arrested Thursday In Connection To Jan. 6 U.S. Capitol Riot