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Undercover prostitution sting ends in arrest of Marysville woman

A Marysville woman was arrested for human sex trafficking of a minor victim to an undercover Butte County Sheriff deputy, according to the sheriff's office.

Posted: Jul 7, 2020 4:37 PM
Updated: Jul 7, 2020 4:40 PM

BUTTE COUNTY, Calif. – A Marysville woman was arrested for human sex trafficking of a minor victim to an undercover Butte County Sheriff deputy, according to the sheriff's office.

On June 16, Butte County Sheriff’s deputies were contacted by a victim who reported his firearm had been stolen. Through investigation, deputies said the victim’s firearm was stolen by a female prostitute, later identified as 25-year-old Zydia Saunders.

An undercover BCSO detective began communicating with Saunders on July 1 through the phone. Saunders told the undercover detective she was willing to have sex for $230, according to BCSO. She also asked if he/she wanted two girls for $500.

The undercover detective agreed and made arrangements to meet Saunders at a local motel the next day.

Saunders contacted the undercover detective via telephone July 2 and stated she and another female were walking through the motel parking lot. Undercover detectives then contacted Saunders and a minor.

Saunders was placed under arrest and the minor victim was transported to the Butte County Sheriff’s Office so she could receive services from Butte County Children Services, according to the sheriff’s office news release.

During an interview, Saunders admitted she brought the minor victim to the motel so the minor victim could perform sexual acts for money, according to the sheriff’s news release. Saunders also admitted she brought the minor victim to at least three other prostitution meetings where she and the minor victim performed sexual acts on adult men in exchange for money.

Saunders was arrested for four felony counts of pimping a minor victim, one felony count of human trafficking a minor victim, and one felony count of child endangerment, according to BCSO. Her bail was set at $300,000.

This investigation is ongoing. The Butte County Sheriff’s Office is asking anyone with additional information to contact Detective Mary Barker at 530-538-7671.

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