California police arrest 474, rescue 28 sexually exploited children during statewide human trafficking sting
California law enforcement officials on Tuesday announced they arrested hundreds of people and rescued dozens of sexually exploited children and adults during a statewide sting operation taking aim at human trafficking.
In total, 474 arrests were made — including 142 men hit with solicitation charges and 36 men on suspicion of pimping — during the three-day operation conducted by 30 different law enforcement agencies across the state, according to a Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department news release.
Additionally, 28 commercially and sexually exploited children and 27 adult victims were saved by the sting, authorities said.
“You are worthy of more. And we will work tirelessly with our partners ... to provide you services and help you rebuild your life,” Sheriff Jim McDonnell vowed to victims during a news conference.
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