President Donald Trump has made good on his promise to use “full force and weight” of the U.S. government to not only send sexual predators to prison, but to destroy child sex trafficking rings.
The Los Angeles County Regional Human Trafficking Task Forces held a press conference Tuesday, in which they announced the arrests of a total of 510 suspects during the three-day sweep which was named “Operation Reclaim and Rebuild.” The operation, which took place between January 25 and 27, was responsible for the rescue of a total of 45 adults and 11 young girls.
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Los Angeles County Sheriff Jim McDonnell described some of the details about the arrests in a press conference held on Tuesday, and wants to make sure all sex traffickers know that Los Angeles County is not the place to do business. “The breadth and scope of Operation Reclaim and Rebuild was specifically timed for January, which is human trafficking awareness month,” said McDonnell.
According to World Tribune, authorities have arrested more than 1,500 pedophiles in the United States, since Trump took office.
The numbers are “staggering” when compared to how many sex trafficking-related arrests by the FBI occurred in 2014, which is less than 400.
Children between 12 and 14 are most at risk of becoming victims of sex trafficking in California, officials said. Many come from broken families and/or foster care, and are seeking love and acceptance.
“The pimps know who to look for,” said sheriff’s Lt. Kent Wegener. “They know who is able to be exploited … who is easy to manipulate.”
Once the victim is under their power, traffickers typically control what they eat, where they sleep, who they see and where they live. “If they don’t do exactly what the pimp wants, they are met with violence,” Wegener said.
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