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Compton human trafficking raid nabs 36; rescues three girls

The Los Angeles Regional Human Trafficking Task Force is made of several federal and local agencies.

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Sheriff cruiser. Source: Los Angeles County Sheriff website

Raids designed to squash prostitution and human trafficking in Compton

COMPTON – An aggressive multi-agency task force comprised of several federal and local agencies, made 36 more arrests, Sept. 20, in raids designed to squash prostitution and human trafficking in the city.

The operation by the Los Angeles Regional Human Trafficking Task Force, also led to the rescue of three girls, identified as “commercially sexually exploited children.” They were turned over to the L.A. County Department of Children and Family Services, the sheriff’s department said.

The agency has spearheaded three successful crackdowns this year in March, July, and September.

Of the Sept. 20 arrests on Long Beach Boulevard, a hotbed of prostitution and human trafficking in Compton, the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department reported that 16 were men soliciting undercover sheriff’s deputies for sex, and 13 others were female prostitutes. Four more were arrested for being adult sex workers, LASD reported.

Three men also face felony pandering charges for attempting to solicit undercover detectives into working as commercial sex workers.

The raid brings to 82, the total number of men arrested since March this year for soliciting sex from undercover sheriff’s deputies, and the rescue of nine sexually exploited female children, according to the department.

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