During a week-long sex trafficking sting in California, law enforcement officials arrested 539 individuals, according to a new report by ABC 7.
This operation, known as the 10th annual Operation Reclaim and Rebuild, involved multiple agencies and resulted in the rescue of 65 individuals, including 54 adults and 11 children.
Among those rescued was a 14-year-old girl, as reported by Los Angeles County Sheriff Robert Luna. “Human trafficking and child exploitation are devastating crimes that prey on some of the most vulnerable members of our community,” Luna said.
The operation saw the arrest of 40 suspected sex traffickers or exploiters and 271 suspected sex buyers.
The sting operation involved over 95 federal, state and local agencies, including the Los Angeles Regional Human Trafficking Task Force.
The specific number of arrests made in Los Angeles County was not disclosed. However, one operation in Los Angeles County led to the arrest of 12 male suspects, including two registered sex offenders, for suspected solicitation of prostitution.
This operation was conducted by task force personnel on Holt Avenue in Pomona.
Los Angeles County District Attorney George Gascón emphasized the importance of protecting victims of sex trafficking, noting that victims often fear for their safety. Gascón, along with Luna and representatives from various agencies, including the Los Angeles Police Department and the federal Department of Homeland Security, addressed this issue at a news conference.
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