“L.A. Regional Human Trafficking Task Force Announce the Arrest & Rescue of Many During 'Operation Reclaim & Rebuild' ” from LASD - Los Angeles County Sheriffs Dept Information Bureau (SIB) : Nixle

   

Sheriff McDonnell Announces Hundreds of Arrests Made and Dozens Rescued by California Law Enforcement and theLos Angeles Regional Human Trafficking Task ForceDuring ‘Operation Reclaim and Rebuild’ 

In conjunction with Human Trafficking Awareness Month, Sheriff Jim McDonnell announced details and results from the third annual ‘Operation Reclaim and Rebuild’ enforcement operation, conducted by the Los Angeles Regional Human Trafficking Task Force and more than 30 participating federal state and local law enforcement agencies, and task forces from across California.  The three-day, statewide effort aimed at combatting human trafficking took place between Thursday, January 26, and Saturday, January 28, 2017, was conducted in various mediums and met with positive results. The press conference was held Tuesday, January 31, 2017, at the iconic Hall of Justice in downtown Los Angeles.  Sheriff McDonnell was joined by District Attorney Jackie Lacey, Los Angeles District Attorney’s Office; Deputy Chief Justin Eisenberg, Chief of Detectives, Los Angeles Police Department; Special Agent In Charge Joseph Macias, Homeland Security Investigations Los Angeles; Executive Director Kay Buck, Coalition to Abolish Slavery and Trafficking (CAST); Human Trafficking Bureau Captain Chris Marks, Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department; representatives from 15 the 30 participating federal, state and local law enforcement agencies; and representatives from public and private service providers. Operation Reclaim and Rebuild focused on rescuing victims of sexual slavery and human trafficking, providing victims with much-needed services, identifying and arresting their captors, seeking successful prosecutions, and disrupting the demand for vulnerable victims by targeting their customers.  Police agencies and other trafficking task forces throughout our state joined in the enforcement operation to send the clear message that California law enforcement shares a unified mandate:   Human trafficking must not be tolerated in our state! In preparation for the event, an operational planning meeting took place in Los Angeles, with over 120 federal, state and municipal law enforcement detectives from all over California in attendance.  Investigators focused enforcement operations wherever the trafficking of human beings took place, from confronting the reality of sidewalk prostitution by conducting “john” stings, to challenging the virtual reality of the cyber world where traffickers believe they can operate anonymously using the internet.  The internet has furnished a vast variety of opportunities for traffickers, but with the experience of specially-trained cyber detectives who posed as vulnerable teenagers and interacted with suspects on social media, traffickers and customers who were anxious to exploit found their plans foiled. Minors encountered during enforcement efforts were cared for by personnel from various Department of Children and Family Services Agencies in each county.  In Los Angeles County, the Coalition to Abolish Slavery and Trafficking (CAST) and Saving Innocence (SI) coordinated the emergency services response for victim care and collaborated with similar, non-governmental victim service organizations throughout the state. Operation Reclaim and Rebuild was widely successful in its endeavor with 28 commercially, sexually-exploited children and 27 adult victims being recovered; 142 males arrested for the charge of Solicitation; and 36 males arrested for pimping.  In total, 474 arrests were made. As Sheriff McDonnell relayed the mission, efforts and results of Operation Reclaim and Rebuild, he pointedly addressed the traffickers and johns who conduct their illegal business in Los Angeles County and the state of California, and reminded them of the gravity of their crimes and the prosecution to accompany their actions when discovered.  Next, the Sheriff directly addressed the victims, “You are worthy of more.  And we will work tirelessly with our partners…to provide you services and help you rebuild your life.” “It is our job in law enforcement to protect children – all children – especially those who have fallen prey to adults who seek to profit from their bodies,” Los Angeles County District Attorney Jackie Lacey said.  “We will not tolerate the sexual exploitation of children by anyone, not the sex traffickers and not the people who pay to sexually assault them.”Homeland Security Investigations Special Agent in Charge Joseph Macias also spoke at the event said, “Our goal in this unprecedented collaborative enforcement effort was two-fold.” “First, to provide vital services to any sex trafficking victims we encountered, so they can begin to reclaim and rebuild their lives,” he said.  “Second, to start the process to reclaim and rebuild the neighborhoods that have been degraded by organized prostitution schemes which not only exploit the vulnerable, but also often draw other criminal enterprises into the area.” The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department would like to remind the public of the dangers of posting “nude selfies”.  To access the letter from Sheriff Jim McDonnell on posting “nude selfies”, please visit https://www.facebook.com/LosAngelesCountySheriffsDepartment/posts/1305629852797258    The following agencies and task forces participated: Anaheim Police DepartmentChino Police DepartmentCitrus Heights Police DepartmentClovis Police DepartmentCoalinga Police DepartmentConcord Police DepartmentCosta Mesa Police DepartmentDelano Police DepartmentFederal Bureau of Investigation, Los AngelesFederal Bureau of Investigation, FresnoFederal Bureau of Investigation, MontereyFresno Police DepartmentHomeland Security Investigations, Los AngelesHomeland Security Investigations, VenturaKern County Sheriff's OfficeLivingston Police DepartmentLos Angeles County District Attorney’s OfficeLos Angeles Regional Human Trafficking Task ForceLong Beach Human Trafficking Task ForceLong Beach Police DepartmentLos Angeles County Sheriff’s DepartmentLos Angeles Police DepartmentLos Angeles Unified School District PoliceMarina Police DepartmentMerced Police DepartmentOrange County Sheriff's OfficeOrange County Human Trafficking Task ForceOxnard Police DepartmentPlacer County Sheriff's Special Investigations UnitPomona Police DepartmentRiverside County Sheriff's OfficeRiverside County Anti-Trafficking Task ForceRoseville Police DepartmentSacramento County Sheriff's OfficeSacramento Police DepartmentSan Bernardino County Sheriff's OfficeSan Bernardino County Trafficking Task ForceSan Bernardino Police DepartmentSan Diego County Sheriff's OfficeSan Diego Police DepartmentSanta Ana Police DepartmentSanta Barbara County Sheriff's OfficeSanta Barbara Human Trafficking Task ForceSanta Clara Sheriff's OfficeSanta Monica Police DepartmentSimi Valley Police DepartmentSouth Gate Police DepartmentTorrance Police DepartmentVentura County Sheriff's OfficeVentura County Coalition Against Human TraffickingVentura Police Department For additional information contact Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Human Trafficking Bureau Lieutenant David Oliva at 323-526-5156, Lieutenant Kent Wegener at 323-526-5159, or the Sheriff’s Information Bureau at 213-229-1700. The Los Angeles County Sheriff Department’s Human Trafficking Bureau houses the Los Angeles Regional Human Trafficking Task Force, the nation’s largest co-located human trafficking task force.  This task force is a collaboration of federal, state, county and local law enforcement, social service agency and non-government and community-based organizations investigating and serving the needs of commercially exploited adults and minors victimized for the purpose of sex and labor.   The Los Angeles Regional Human Trafficking Task Force brings together systems and disciplines to address victims’ needs through a victim-centered, trauma- informed approach.  The task force employs a regionalized strategy which crosses jurisdictional boundaries to identify and rescue victims, while aggressively pursuing traffickers and buyers. Los Angeles Regional Human Trafficking Task Force Partners: FederalUnited States Attorney’s OfficeHomeland Security Investigations, U.S. Immigration and Customs EnforcementFederal Bureau of InvestigationUnited States Marshals ServiceUnited States Department of Labor StateCalifornia Attorney GeneralCalifornia Department of Corrections and RehabilitationCalifornia Employment Development DepartmentCalifornia Highway Patrol CountyLos Angeles County Sheriff’s DepartmentLos Angeles County District Attorney’s OfficeLos Angeles County District Attorney’s Office, Bureau of InvestigationDepartment of Children and Family ServicesLos Angeles County Probation DepartmentLos Angeles County Department of Public Health CityLos Angeles Police DepartmentLos Angeles Unified School District Police DepartmentPomona Police DepartmentSanta Monica City Attorney’s OfficeNon-Governmental/Community-Based OrganizationsCoalition to Abolish Slavery and TraffickingSaving InnocenceThe Guardian Group (Hotel/Motel Outreach, Education and Signage)Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Executive Clergy CouncilPet Prescriptions Therapy Dog ProgramDemand Abolition Cease NetworkRestoration Diversion ServicesVirtuous Woman, Inc.Legal Aid Foundation of Los AngelesInternational Institute of Los Angeles   Prepared by: Lieutenant Kent WegenerHuman Trafficking Bureau And Deputy Lillian PeckSheriff’s Information Bureau211 West Temple Street,Los Angeles, CA  90012213-229-1700 Website LASD HQ: http://www.lasd.orgRecruitment LASD: http://www.careers.lasd.orgFollow LASD HQ via text and email: http://www.Nixle.comhttps://nixle.com/lasd---los-angeles-county-sheriffs-dept-information-bureau-sib/ Twitter:  @LASDHQ http://twitter.com/LASDHQTwitter:  @LASDtalk https://twitter.com/LASDTalkTwitter:  @LASDvideos https://twitter.com/LASDvideosTwitter:  @LASDespanol https://twitter.com/LASDespanol Facebook LASD HQ:  http://www.facebook.com/LosAngelesCountySheriffsDepartmentInstagram LASD Photos:  http://instagram.com/LASDHQPinterest LASD Photos:  http://pinterest.com/lacountysheriff/YouTube LASD Videos:  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