LASD Undercover Operation Targets Commercial Sex Buyers in Compton
In furtherance of Sheriff McDonnell’s goal to combat human trafficking throughout Los Angeles County utilizing a regionalized approach, The Los Angeles Regional Human Trafficking Taskforce (LARHTTF), along with deputies from Compton and Century Sheriff’s Stations, conducted a human trafficking operation in the city of Compton on Wednesday, March 22, 2017. During the operation, detectives arrested 16 male adults who solicited sex from undercover Sheriff’s Deputies, along Long Beach Boulevard.
Detectives also arrested a male Black, 30 years-old, of San Francisco and a male Black, 26 years-old, of Long Beach, for Felony Pandering, after each man individually attempted to recruit an undercover female deputy to work as a prostitute. They were each held in lieu of $50,000 bail.
Human Trafficking Detectives also contacted and rescued two females who were identified as a commercially, sexually exploited children. One of the rescued females was returned to San Bernardino County where she had previously been reported as missing. The other was transferred to the Department of Children and Family Services for care.
The goal of the operation was to impact the demand side of commercial sex and send a clear message that those who choose to buy women for sex are contributing to the trafficking of human beings. The LARHTTF, formed in November of 2015, is committed to stop human trafficking, in all its forms.
All of the arrestees were transported to Century Regional Detention Facility.
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The Los Angeles County Sheriff Department’s Human Trafficking Bureau houses the LA Regional Human Trafficking Task Force, the nation’s largest co-located human trafficking task force. The Task Force is a collaboration of federal, state, county and local law enforcement, social service agency and non-government and community-based organizations investigating and serving the needs of commercially exploited adults and minors victimized for the purpose of sex and labor.
The LA Regional Human Trafficking Task Force brings together systems and disciplines to address the victim’s needs through a victim centered, trauma informed approach. The task force employs a regionalized strategy that crosses jurisdictional boundaries to identify and rescue victims while aggressively pursuing traffickers and buyers.
LA Regional Human Trafficking Task Force Partners:
United States Attorney’s Office
Homeland Security Investigations (ICE)
Federal Bureau of Investigation
United States Marshals Service
United States Department of Labor
California Attorney General
California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (State Parole)
California Employment Development Department
California Highway Patrol
LA County Sheriff’s Department
LA County District Attorney’s Office (DA & DA Investigator)
Department of Children and Family Services
LA County Probation Department
LA County Department of Public Health
Los Angeles Police Department
Los Angeles Unified School District Police Department
Pomona Police Department
Santa Monica City Attorney’s Office
Non-Government/Community Based Organizations
Coalition to Abolish Slavery and Trafficking
The Guardian Group (Hotel/Motel Outreach, Education and Signage)
Sheriff Clergy Council
Pet Prescriptions Therapy Dog Program
Demand Abolition Cease Network
Restoration Diversion Services
Virtuous Women Inc.
Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles
International Institute of Los Angeles
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