A human trafficking sting operation in California netted hundreds of arrests and rescued nearly 50 victims, according to a Tuesday report.
“Fourteen minors were among the nearly 50 victims of human trafficking rescued during a sting across California that netted 339 arrests, law enforcement officials said Tuesday,” according to KTLA.
The report said that minors as young as six were rescued during the operation, which included 93 human trafficking task forces across a three day span.
“Among those arrested during ‘Operation Reclaim and Rebuild’ were pimps who had put victims up for sale and individuals soliciting sex from underage teens, sheriff’s officials said. Some of those saved from the underground world of sex trafficking were runaways or victims found through social media and chat sites online,” according to the report.
Some victims were forced into prostitution, while others were forced to produce child pornography which was sold by leaders of the trafficking rings.
The Assistant Chief of the Los Angeles County Sherriff’s Office told some of the harrowing tales. According to the report:
Naming a few such cases, Gutierrez said an adult man was seen sexually assaulting a 6-year-old child in multiple videos showing graphic child pornography. A 30-year-old suspect was found and arrested within 24 hours of authorities coming across the clips, she said.
n another case, a 17-year-old girl was lured from a nearby city to Fresno by a man who she met online, Gutierrez said. Believing she was going to have a relationship with him, she also brought her 14-year-old sister to make the move.
Upon their arrival, the two teens were forced to work in prostitution under the threat of violence, according to Gutierrez. The man who the older teen had been in contact with was a pimp who then sold the girls to another pimp for $6,000 just days later.
President Donald J. Trump has made it a priority to end human trafficking during his tenure in office. It is one of his banner issues, and he has promised to “bring the full force and weight of our government, whatever we can do, in order to solve this horrific problem.” Predictably, despite the huge uptick in human trafficking arrests, the media has ignored his success.
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