Human Trafficking Awareness Month, the San Diego Human Trafficking Task Force (SDHTTF)Jan 31
Marisa Ugarte, Executive Director of the Bilateral Safety Corridor Coalition, congratulates the San Diego Human Trafficking Task Force for addressing the demand of NO buyers, NO trafficking.
As part of Human Trafficking Awareness Month, the San Diego Human Trafficking Task Force (SDHTTF) conducted a three-day operation (January 26th through January 28th) throughout San Diego County targeting sex buyers and traffickers. The San Diego Human Trafficking Task Force and allied local law enforcement agencies arrested a total of 30 men for solicitation and one man for pimping, pandering, and possession of a concealed firearm, after he recruited an undercover detective into prostitution online. These cases will be referred to local prosecutors.
Sex buyers help drive the demand for the criminal business of sex trafficking. The activities of those arrested in this operation contribute to the negative consequences victims of human trafficking endure. The San Diego Human Trafficking Task Force is committed to combatting human trafficking by not only investigating and pursuing traffickers, but also by pursuing those looking to pay and engage in this type of unlawful activity.
The San Diego Human Trafficking Task Force is comprised of:
California Department of Justice
California Highway Patrol
Federal Bureau of Investigation
Homeland Security and Investigations
National City Police Department
San Diego City Attorney’s Office
San Diego County District Attorney’s Office
San Diego County Probation Department
San Diego County Sheriff’s Department
San Diego Police Department
United States Attorney’s Office, Southern District of California
The Chula Vista Police Department also participated in the operation.
The San Diego Human Trafficking Task Force encourages the public to report human trafficking to their local law enforcement agency or by calling the National Human Trafficking Hotline at (888) 373-7888.
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