Two people arrested on suspicion of operating brothel

PALM DESERT — A 41-year-old from Los Angeles, and a 55-year-old from El Monte, were arrested June 21 for operating a brothel.

The arrests stem from a human trafficking investigation on June 21. The Palm Desert Business District Team, Special Enforcement Team, and Riverside County Anti-Human Trafficking Task Force served a search warrant at a spa business in the 74000 block of Alessandro Drive in the City of Palm Desert.

During the execution of the search warrant, Lijuan Ruan from Los Angeles and Xiuxia Bai from El Monte were arrested for operating a brothel.

Both suspects were subsequently booked into the John Benoit Detention Center.

If you, or anyone you know has been a victim of human trafficking, you can contact the National Human Trafficking Resource Center Hotline at (888) 373-7888 or contact your local law enforcement agency.

This investigation is ongoing and anyone with information related to this case is encouraged to contact Deputy Avila at the Palm Desert Sheriff’s Station at 760-836-1600.

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