LAPD has announced that 500 suspects have been arrested and 56 people rescued in a “monumental” Pedophile Ring and human trafficking network crackdown.
According to the Los Angeles County Regional Human Trafficking Task Forces, the arrests came on Tuesday as three-day sweep named ‘Operation Reclaim and Rebuild’ was executed.
During the operation, the task force confirmed it rescued 45 adults and 11 girls between Jan. 25 and 27. 30 suspected traffickers and 178 are alleged “johns” were among the 510 suspects arrested.
30 suspected traffickers and 178 are alleged ‘johns’ were among the 510 suspects arrested.
Housed by the L.A. County Sheriff’s Department, the task force compiles of more 85 federal, state, county and local law enforcement and nonprofit community organizations.
Speaking at a recent press conference in Los Angeles County Sheriff Jim McDonnell outlined the grim details of the arrests:
“The message we hope to send to the traffickers doesn’t do business in Los Angeles County or the state of California because we will find you and prosecute you to the fullest extent of the law,” he stated.
In another disturbing incident in Milpitas, California, a man dressed in full police uniform was arrested on a felony charge after he sexually assaulted d a human-trafficking victim according to McDonnell.
The suspect, who was already on felony probation, was wanted by police for similar sexual crimes.
The sheriff said the operation targeted pedophiles who used the internet to search for victims. McDonnell reported that an undercover officer posing a young child o social media snared a suspect who tried to recruit her into a pedophile ring.
Following a meeting argument, the suspect drove from Riverside County to meet with his victim but was instantly arrested by the task force detectives and found to be in possession of a stolen .357 Magnum handgun.
The task force as arrested 948 suspects connecting to child trafficking.
The Taskforce, which was established in November 2015, has arrested 948 suspects connecting to child trafficking. The Los Angeles-based nonprofit Coalition to abolish trafficking is now precision help, shelter and food to the victims during the operation.
Last year, President Trump signed a new executive order that would give the FBI extra powers to enforce the law in relation to Human Trafficking, among other crimes, bringing Pizzagate arrests one step closer to becoming a reality.