California cracks down on human trafficking with 474 arrests

Reuters:
Almost 500 people were arrested in a crackdown on human trafficking in California, police said on Wednesday, in raids that also led to the rescue of more than 50 victims, including children.

Police said they had rescued 28 children, some of whom had been reported missing, and also 27 adults who had been coerced into prostitution.

"We let everybody know throughout the state that ... we're going to aggressively go after the pimps and the exploiters, as well as the johns and especially the johns that think that they can prey on the minors," said Kent Wegener, a lieutenant with the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department

Police arrested 474 people and freed victims in and around cities from Los Angeles to San Diego and Santa Barbara in state-wide raids over three days in late January, Wegener said.

Charges against those arrested include pimping, solicitation of prostitution and human trafficking, said the San Diego Country District Attorney's office in a statement.
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I suspect the human trafficking problem in California is related to its opposition to US immigration law enforcement and its openness to illegal aliens.  The two appear to go hand in hand.

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