Teen sex trafficking, pimping allegations net 3 arrests in Conejo Valley

Two men suspected of sexually trafficking a teenager in Ventura County were arrested in an investigation that also netted a man accused of pimping an adult prostitute, according to authorities.  

The investigation began after the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department Office on May 22 notified local authorities that a 16-year-old Riverside girl might be a victim of sexual trafficking here. Local authorities narrowed her location to the Newbury Park area, but she left before investigators could find her. Investigators determined she traveled to the Bakersfield area, then to Madera County and later to Fresno.

The Madera County Sheriff’s Office found her and took her into protective custody May 24, according to authorities. 

After conducting interviews and serving several search warrants, investigators determined she had been in Ventura County twice in May. 

Investigators said they identified Jovantay Bess, 23, of Fresno, as responsible for sexually trafficking her during the first local incident and Cirsten Joseph, 26, of Newbury Park, as responsible in the second incident. (Read article here)

From left: Jovantay Bess, Cirsten Joseph and Allan Sherman (Photo: VENTURA COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE)