February 29, 2024
A human trafficking billboard. Photograph courtesy San Diego County District Lawyer’s workplace

Greater than 500 arrests have been made in a week-long, statewide anti-human trafficking operation, together with in San Diego County, authorities mentioned Tuesday.

The tenth annual Operation Reclaim and Rebuild, which was performed from Jan. 21-27, concerned greater than 95 federal, state and native businesses.

Authorities say they made 539 arrests throughout the operation, together with 40 suspected “sexual traffickers or exploiters” and 271 suspected “intercourse consumers.” Additionally, 54 adults and 11 juveniles have been rescued, together with a 14-year- previous lady.

Los Angeles County Sheriff Robert Luna introduced the outcomes of the operation at a Tuesday morning information convention on the Corridor of Justice in downtown Los Angeles.

“Human trafficking and little one exploitation are devastating crimes that prey on among the most weak members of our group,” Luna mentioned.

In San Diego County, a 17-year-old lady was on the Parkway Plaza Mall in El Cajon when she was approached by a person who advised her “she must be a mannequin” and gave her a enterprise card that had a cellphone quantity on it, legislation enforcement officers mentioned.

When the lady referred to as the quantity, she was advised that she can be “doing date intercourse with guys at accommodations.”

The lady advised her mom, who contacted authorities, and the suspect was arrested on suspicion of human trafficking of a minor and different offenses.

In a single Los Angeles County operation, activity drive personnel performed an undercover “intercourse purchaser” operation on a stretch of Holt Avenue in Pomona, Luna mentioned. Twelve males, two of whom are registered intercourse offenders, have been arrested on suspicion of solicitation of prostitution, Luna mentioned.

Authorities famous that though the annual statewide operation is performed every January, which is Human Trafficking Consciousness Month, legislation enforcement personnel work year-round to focus on human traffickers.

Metropolis Information Service contributed to this report.