A statewide California operation to combat human trafficking culminated in the arrest of 474 people, and the rescue of 28 sexually exploited children and 27 adult victims.
The sweep took place from January 26 to January 28, and combined the efforts of federal, state and local law enforcement agencies and task forces, the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department said in a news release.
Los Angeles County Sheriff Jim McDonnell said 70 percent of trafficked children are taken from foster care situations. “They’re looking for love,” McDonnell said. “They’re looking for someone that cares about them. The pimp says that they’re going to give them this, then leads them down a path of destruction.”
McDonnell said that, while the majority of child victims are captured from foster care, traffickers have ensnared …