April 23, 2024
An officer talks with a intercourse trafficking sufferer. Courtesy FBI

46 folks have been arrested throughout a intercourse trafficking sting final month in San Diego and Nationwide Metropolis, the California Lawyer Basic’s Workplace introduced Wednesday.

The second annual Operation Higher Pathways, which concerned a number of companies, was performed between March 5 and March 27 in “areas identified for sexual exploitation,” the workplace stated in an announcement.

The 46 arrests have been for alleged crimes that included human trafficking of a minor and assault with a lethal weapon.

Officers added that twenty folks, together with seven youngsters, have been supplied assist companies. The California Lawyer Basic’s Workplace stated that San Diego County Youngster Welfare Companies and grownup and juvenile assist service advocates supplied help to potential victims and survivors of abuse.

Human trafficking is prevalent within the hospitality, industrial intercourse, home work and building industries; victims of human trafficking are additionally discovered amongst migrant and seasonal agricultural staff, suppliers of residential care and in California’s garment sector, in keeping with the California Lawyer Basic’s Workplace.

Greater than 1,300 human trafficking circumstances have been reported in 2021 in California, greater than some other state, in keeping with the Nationwide Human Trafficking Hotline.

Metropolis Information Service contributed to this report.