A 25-year-old Oakland woman was arrested for human trafficking in South San Francisco over the weekend. Undercover officers on Sunday conducted a prostitution sting by making contact with a prostitute on the escort website myRedBook.com, South San Francisco police Sgt. Bruce McPhillips said.
The officers arranged to meet a 24-year-old prostitute at the Hotel Focus located at 111 Mitchell Ave., McPhillips said. At the hotel, officers made contact with the prostitute and her suspected pimp, who was identified as Angela Denise Gospel, McPhillips said. The prostitute, whose name was not released by police, claimed that Gospel beat her, threatened and coerced her into having sex over the course of a year, McPhillips said.
Gospel allegedly profited from forcing the woman into having sex for money, investigators said. Evidence corroborating the victim’s statements was collected in the hotel room, police said. Gospel was arrested and booked at San Mateo County Jail for human trafficking and pimping. The prostitute was transferred into the care of a San Mateo County service provider for battered women, police said. Since 2011, the South San Francisco Police Department has dismantled seven sex trafficking operations that were active in the city, according to police. Sunday’s arrest was part of the Police Department’s third human trafficking investigation in 2013.
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