Hundreds Arrested Across Los Angeles In Massive Pedophile Ring Bust
Sexually exploited children and abuse victims rescued
Hundreds of people have been arrested in California in a massive pedophile bust to combat human trafficking.
Dozens of sexually exploited children and abuse victims have also been rescued across California in a 'statewide operation' according to the County Sheriff’s Department.
Over 30 federal law enforcement agencies including the Los Angeles Regional Human Trafficking Task Force, took part in the third annual “Operation Reclaim and Rebuild” operation.
A total of 474 arrests has been made which include 142 males on solicitation charges, and 36 males under suspicion of "pimping". A further 28 sexually exploited children and 27 adult victims were rescued.
Ktla.com reports: “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.
“Operation Reclaim and Rebuild focused on rescuing victims of sexual slavery and human trafficking, providing victims with much-needed services, identifying and arresting their captors, seeking successful prosecutions, and disrupting the demand for vulnerable victims by targeting their customers,” the release stated.
“Police agencies and other trafficking task forces throughout our state joined in the enforcement operation to send the clear message that California law enforcement shares a unified mandate: Human trafficking must not be tolerated in our state