The San Jose Police Department’s Special Victims Unit- Human Trafficking Task Force arrested three male suspects for soliciting for prostitution and three additional suspects for pandering and weapon charges during an undercover operation at a San Jose hotel. In addition to the arrests, Officers recovered four adult females believed to have been forced into prostitution.
On Friday, July 9, 2021, Officers conducted an undercover human trafficking operation during evening hours to recover individuals forced into prostitution and arrest their traffickers. Officers also targeted sex buyers during the operation.
Three men from Stockton, California, dropped off a young woman to engage in commercial sex. During the investigation, the three men were detained, and Officers located two loaded firearms in their vehicle.
Suspects Jarren Meek, Markell Shelton, and Mark Ramirez were all arrested for pandering- 266i PC (Felony), possession of a concealed firearm in a vehicle- 25400 (a) PC (Felony), and possession of a loaded firearm in a vehicle 25850 PC (Misdemeanor). All three suspects posted bail after being booked into the Santa Clara County Main Jail and are no longer in custody.
All survivors were connected with or offered a victim advocate, which was coordinated through Community Solutions. Community Solutions’ advocates responding to these types of cases are specially trained in Human Trafficking and are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Their 24-hour crisis number is 877-363-7238.
Anyone with information on this case or other cases involving these suspects is asked to contact Detective Shen #4224 of the San Jose Police Department’s Special Victims Unit- Human Trafficking Task Force at (408)537-1999 or email [email protected]
Persons wishing to remain anonymous may either call the Crime Stoppers Tip Line, (408) 947-STOP (7867) or click the “Submit a Tip” link below. Persons providing information leading to the arrest and conviction of the suspect may be eligible for a cash reward from the Silicon Valley Crime Stoppers.
Information released by San Jose Police