A huge operation involving multiple law enforcement agencies resulted in the recovery of more than 3 dozen missing children, including numerous who had been sexually exploited, authorities stated.
Someone thought of human trafficking was arrested on state charges, the Federal Bureau of Investigation stated Friday in a press release. Information of the arrest were not immediately offered.
” Operation Lost Angels” began on Jan. 11 throughout Human Trafficking Awareness Month. The FBI stated 33 children were rescued, including eight who were being sexually made use of at the time of recovery.
Several of the other victims had actually been sexually made use of in the past and were “considered susceptible missing children,” according to authorities. Two of the victims had actually been recovered numerous times while at an area understood for commercial sex trafficking.
The FBI stated it’s not uncommon for victims to return by themselves or by force or hazards.
” This harmful cycle highlights the challenges victims deal with and those faced by law enforcement when trying to keep victims from going back to an abusive situation,” the FBI stated. “Victims might not self-identify as being trafficked or might not even recognize they’re being trafficked.”
A few of the victims were jailed for misdemeanor criminal activities such as violating probation or robbery, authorities stated. One kid was discovered to be the victim of a noncustodial parental kidnapping.
Additional information about the victims were not released and the FBI might not be reached on Saturday.
Federal investigators worked with the Los Angeles Cops Department, the Los Angeles County Constable’s Department and two lots other police.
Agencies in other states likewise helped consisting of the Wichita Authorities Department in Kansas, the Langston University Cops in Oklahoma and the Arizona Department of Kid Security.
” Human trafficking is a pervasive and perilous criminal offense that threatens the safety of our youths, who are the future of our communities,” said Michel Moore, chief of the Los Angeles Police Department. “We can only start to reclaim the future of our youth with the strong partnerships forged between exceptional service providers and law enforcement.”
Minyvonne Burke is a breaking news reporter for NBC News.