VICTORVILLE, Calif. (VVNG.com) – Eleven adult sex trafficking victims were rescued from various cities, including Victorville during a three-day statewide operation, officials said.
The 4th annual “Operation Reclaim and Rebuild” is an enforcement operation created to help combat human trafficking in the state of CA during Human trafficking Awareness Month.
Over 80 federal, state and local law enforcement agencies and task forces participated in the three-day operation which took place between January 25, and January 27, 2018. The operation was conducted in various mediums and met with positive results, officials said.
“Over the three day period, the San Bernardino County Task Force conducted enforcement operations consisting of 2-3 operational phases per day. Operations were conducted throughout the county and specifically within the cities of San Bernardino, Ontario and Victorville. Specific areas were selected for enforcement by investigators, due to the high volume of activity and advertisements directly related to the commercial sex trafficking industry,” officials said in a news release.
At the end of the operational period, San Bernardino County Task Force members had successfully arrested 42 suspects for various violations associated with prostitution and/or other crimes.
Of those arrests, one suspect was arrested for felony Pimping/Pandering, and three additional suspects were arrested/charged with felonies involving gun possession, high capacity magazines, and ammunition. During the operation, investigators also identified and successfully rescued 11 adult victims of commercial sex trafficking.
Anyone wishing to report activities or concerns related to Human Trafficking to the San Bernardino County Human Trafficking Task Force can do so directly by calling (909) 387-8400 or by Email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The San Bernardino County Human Trafficking Task Force is made up of investigators from the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department, San Bernardino County District Attorney’s Office, San Bernardino Police Department, Ontario Police Department, San Bernardino Unified School District Police, Office of Homeland Security and the Federal Bureau of Investigation.