Man Arrested and Charged for Human Trafficking

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News from the Office of District Attorney George Gascón
 
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 7, 2018
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CONTACT:     ALEX BASTIAN (415) 553-1931          |        NIKESH PATEL (415) 734-3205
 
SAN FRANCISCO – Today, the San Francisco District Attorney's Office in partnership with the San Francisco Police Department announced the arrest and charging of Kriz Mike Nunez, age 19, of San Francisco. Nunez is charged with numerous counts of human trafficking, pimping and pandering of a minor, and possession for sale of narcotics. 
 
"Human trafficking is a form of modern day slavery that dehumanizes those who cannot escape their circumstances," said District Attorney George Gascón. "Being able to tackle these cases requires prioritizing them and dedicating the resources that are needed to investigate them as the organized crimes that they are." 
 
According to court records, on February 15, 2018, the Crime Strategies Unit (CSU) of the SFDA's Office, the Special Victims Unit (SVU) of the San Francisco Police Department (SFPD), and a federal agency conducted a human trafficking operation. The group performed internet searches on Backpage.com, a website service known by law enforcement to facilitate commercial sex trafficking. 
 
During the operation, an SFPD officer discovered an advertisement on Backpage.com with a photograph of a female who appeared to be a juvenile. An SFPD Inspector responded to the advertisement, inquiring if she was available for an "outcall date." The inspector received a reply that she was for a $260.00 "donation," the fee for a "date" to provide sexual services. After agreeing on a "donation" amount, a meeting was arranged at a hotel in downtown San Francisco. 
 
That evening, the victim, later discovered to be a 17-year-old female, arrived at the agreed upon hotel and proceeded to a room. Inside, an officer conducted an analysis of her phone and determined that she was likely the victim of human trafficking by a male, later identified as Nunez. During the same time, security at the hotel observed a suspicious male believed to be Nunez. 
 
Subsequently, SFPD, CSU of the SFDA's Office, and a federal agency worked together to build a case against Nunez. Their investigation produced an extensive number of search warrants and yielded evidence further implicating him in the instant offenses, as well as in the possible trafficking of other victim(s) in the Bay Area and out of state. 
 
On April 19, 2018, a team of many law enforcement officers from the SFDA's Office, SFPD, and federal agency arrested Nunez during the service of a search and arrest warrant. During the execution of the warrant, law enforcement seized drugs, money, cellphones, a handgun, and other items.
 
Nunez is charged with human trafficking, multiple counts of human trafficking of a minor, multiple counts of pimping a minor over the age of 16, multiple counts of pandering a minor 16 years of age or older, and numerous counts of possession for sale of narcotics. 
 
The operation is the result of a successful collaboration between SFDA, SFPD, and federal authorities. Special recognition goes to the SFDA's Crime Strategies Unit for expanding the scope of the investigation beyond its initial parameters and identifying further criminal activity, both locally and across state lines. Given their importance and connected nature to organized criminal activity, human trafficking cases like this one require greater city-wide prioritization and resources. 
 
Anyone with additional information related to this investigation, or the other potential victim of human trafficking, should contact the District Attorney's Office at (415) 553-1674 and the San Francisco Police Department at (415) 575-4444.
 
 
 
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