Sixty-four people were arrested and two women were rescued in an anti-human trafficking sting in California’s Riverside County, officials said.
The Riverside County Sheriff’s Department said the arrests were part of Operation Reclaim and Rebuild, which is an annual statewide operation. The sting “ran for four consecutive days before concluding on January 28, 2021,” the department said in a Feb. 2 statement.
“The task force arrested 61 males and one female for solicitation of prostitution, one male for soliciting a minor for lewd purposes, and one male for supervising/aiding a person to commit prostitution,” according to the statement.
They also made contact with two adult females who were believed to be human trafficking victims, the office stated. “Initial investigations led the task force to believe these subjects were being forced to engage in acts of prostitution against their will. The identity of these victims will not be released pursuant to state confidentiality laws. The victims were referred to victim services for assistance as the investigation into their sex trafficking continues.” Read more…