Bay Area suburban sex trafficking ring busted, police say

Alameda County Sheriff deputies detain people during a raid of an alleged prostitution ring at the SoFi Apartments in Dublin, Calif., on Friday, March 18, 2016. (Doug Duran/Bay Area News Group) ( Doug Duran )

Alameda County Sheriff deputies detain people during a raid of an alleged prostitution ring at the SoFi Apartments in Dublin, Calif., on Friday, March 18, 2016. (Doug Duran/Bay Area News Group) ( Doug Duran )

DUBLIN -- A seven-month undercover police and FBI investigation came to a head Friday as authorities converged on multiple locations across Alameda and San Mateo counties, busting suspected johns, detaining women believed to be sex workers, and ultimately arresting two alleged leaders of a sophisticated sex-trafficking ring.

Investigators say the duo were running the operation like a business, renting out apartment rooms in six locations throughout the Bay Area, using social media to advertise at least a dozen sex workers, and even handing out business cards to johns. Two locations had "receptionists" who welcomed visitors and oversaw operations.

One apartment unit in Dublin contained a lobby area with a large HD television, a dimly lit bedroom with a mattress and incense, as well as two suitcases containing lingerie, bikinis, and other clothes.

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