A three-day human trafficking raids in California conducted by more than 30 federal, state and local law enforcement agencies and task forces: 474 arrests, 28 children and 27 adults rescued.
The Sheriff for Los Angeles County, Jim McDonnell, said that nearly 70 percent of trafficked children are taken from foster care situations. “They’re looking for love, They’re looking for someone that cares about them. The pimp says that they’re going to give them this, then leads them down a path of destruction. But any family, any kind anywhere with the Internet can get involved in a situation where they think they’re meeting someone who cares about them on the web …and then from there could drug them and drag them into the life of this type of behavior. Enslave them, essentially”
More than 30 federal, state and local law enforcement agencies and task forces, including the Los Angeles Regional Human Trafficking Task Force, participated in the third annual “Operation Reclaim and Rebuild” enforcement operation, according to a sheriff’s news release.
The statewide operation took place over the three-day period between last Thursday and Saturday.
In total, 474 arrests were made, including 142 males on solicitation charges, and 36 males on suspicion of pimping, according to figures provided by the Sheriff’s Department.
Additionally, 28 commercially and sexually exploited children and 27 adult victims were rescued.
“You are worthy of more. And we will work tirelessly with our partners … to provide you services and help you rebuild your life,” Sheriff Jim McDonnell said, addressing the victims during a news conference on Tuesday.
The minors who were recovered during the operation were being cared for by various children and family services agencies across the state, according to sheriff’s officials. The Coalition to Abolish Slavery and Trafficking and the Saving Innocence organization were coordinating efforts to help victims in L.A. County.