Teen human trafficking victim rescued, 3 arrested during sting

Bay City News
Sunday, October 30, 2016
Suspects (left to right), Tesheya Bird (22), Jonathan Lewis (32); Todd Thornton (23), who were arrested in connection with sex-trafficking crimes in Vacaville, Calif.

VACAVILLE, Calif. -- Police rescued a 17-year-old human trafficking victim and arrested three people during a sting operation last week in Vacaville, police said Thursday.

During the sting, officers working with members of the FBI Safe Streets Task Force and a social worker were able to locate and rescue the teen victim, according to police.

The victim was taken into protective custody and was provided resources and services, police said.

Officers also arrested three others during the operation.

Officers arrested Jonathan Lewis, 32, of Oakland on suspicion of pandering and violating parole, according to police.

Officers also arrested Sacramento residents Tesheya Byrd, 22, on suspicion of pandering and conspiracy and Todd Thornton, 23, on suspicion of human trafficking, pimping of a minor and pandering of a minor, police said.