SOUTH SAN FRANCISCO -- A Citrus Heights man was arrested Sunday after a sex trafficking sting uncovered two teenage females working for him as prostitutes, police said.
Michael Pierce, 24, was arrested on charges of pimping and pandering after undercover officers made a "date" with one of his escorts through a website, police said. Upon arrival at the South San Francisco hotel, officers found two teens working as prostitutes, one of whom was underage.
When authorities went to the East Grand Avenue hotel for their arranged meeting at a specific room, they were greeted by two suspected sex workers, ages 17 and 18. Evidence of a prostitution operation, along with evidence noting Pierce as the hotel registrant, were also found in the room.
Pierce was found a short time later trying to leave the area and was stopped on East Grand Avenue. He was booked into San Mateo County Jail on charges of human trafficking, pimping and pandering.
The 17-year-old was determined to be a missing teen out of Santa Clara County, deemed at risk as a commercially sexually exploited minor after she recently walked away from a children's shelter. Further investigation revealed Pierce had befriended the two teens using various social media sites and persuaded them to prostitute themselves for his financial benefit, authorities said.
Neither of the victims' identifies are being revealed, and the investigation is ongoing, police said. Pierce remains in custody in lieu of $500,000 bail.
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