Nearly 300 arrests in Los Angeles human trafficking sweep

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Friday, August 19, 2016

286 arrests were made, 153 of them for prostitution, in the Los Angeles County of California on Thursday; after authorities conducted a multi-agency human trafficking sweep. Ten victims, 9 female and 1 male, had been forced into prostitution. All but two of them were between the ages of 15 and 17.

The sweep titled “Operation Summer rescue”, which started on Wednesday August 10, and ended Saturday, August 13; concentrated on the rescue and recovery of children who were being sexually exploited in Los Angeles County. The case was made public Wednesday August 17.

The rescue involved the Los Angeles Police Department‘s (LAPD) Internet Crimes Against Children and geographic vice units, the Los Angeles Regional Human Trafficking Task Force, the FBI Innocence Lost Task Force, the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office and the Los Angeles County Probation Department.

The 8 victims who were minors were placed into protective custody and are having care from three organisations that help child victims, including the outreach group Saving Innocence.

In an official statement, the police said that the large volume of arrests clearly sends a message to the community that human trafficking is not tolerated.

Nearly one in five calls last year to the Centre’s hotline came from California, where more than 500 sex trafficking cases have been reported this year, according to the National Human Trafficking Resource Center.


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