As much as the president talks about human trafficking as being part of the crisis at the southern border, reporting of actual progress, stings, arrests, and finding victims is rather scarce.
Last week in California, across the state, law enforcement officials who are members of the L.A. Regional Human Trafficking Task Force conducted a sting against a human trafficking ring related to online chat rooms and child pornography with positive results, and very few outlets are reporting on it.
Nearly 50 victims of human trafficking, including 14 minors, were rescued during a three-day sting operation across California last week, law enforcement officials announced Tuesday.
State and federal agencies arrested 339 people, including 156 men on suspicion of solicitation, during the coordinated effort, which involved cyber detectives posing as teenagers….
In Los Angeles County, Gutierrez said, sheriff’s detectives arrested a 30-year-old man in connection with child pornography after finding several video clips showing the assault of a 6-year-old.
When San Bernardino County sheriff’s officials arrested a man at a motel in Ontario, she said, the suspect, who responded to a decoy message from law enforcement, had a loaded pistol and meth in his pocket. In his vehicle, officials found seven other firearms, including assault weapons.
In Contra Costa County, a 54-year-old man used a social media site to “groom and entice” what he thought was a 14-year-old boy, she said. The man sent the boy photos of $100 bills and told the child to meet him at a park. When the man arrived, Gutierrez said, he was arrested by members of the task force, including the undercover officer who had posed as the boy online.
Police in Fresno rescued two sisters — one 17, the other 14 — who were sold from one pimp to another for $6,000, Gutierrez said. The first pimp, she added, threatened the sisters with violence and forced them into prostitution.
This is just the latest success that the L.A. Regional Human Trafficking Task Force has had in fighting this problem that pervades the underbelly of American life. All told, the group has rescued 220 minors among over 300 victims, arrested more than 320 pimps and over 400 men accused of buying sex. Eleven cases have landed in federal court.
And this is just the tip of the iceberg nationwide let alone what is coming over the southern border.