Human Trafficking Sweep Nets Dozens of Rescues, Hundreds of Arrests in L.A. County
L.A. County's latest human trafficking and child exploitation sweep was a remarkable success, netting dozens of rescues and 474 arrests. That's great news from a justice perspective, though it's still unnerving that there's such a large market for this sort of depravity.
Operation Reclaim and Rebuild was carried out between Jan. 26 and Jan. 28. It involved federal, state and local law enforcement agencies, including the county’s Regional Human Trafficking Task Force. Authorities were able to save 28 children and 27 adults, mostly women. Around 70% of trafficked children come from foster care, according to L.A. County Sheriff Jim McDonnell.
“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,” he said.
Operation Reclaim and Rebuild is a reminder that human trafficking and the sexual exploitation of minors is not some third world problem; it's happening right here under our noses each and every day. In fact, California has one of the highest numbers of human trafficking victims in the country, according to the National Human Trafficking Resource Center.
Read more about the sweep here.