Human Trafficking Investigation Nets 145 Arrests in LA County
NBC4 Los Angeles
By City News Service
February 4, 2022
Authorities Thursday announced that 145 arrests were made in Los Angeles County during a recent statewide operation investigating human trafficking.
“Operation Reclaim and Rebuild” involved 70 federal, state and local agencies, and task forces, and resulted in 450 arrests statewide, the Los Angeles Police Department reported. Human trafficking involves the use of force, fraud or coercion to obtain some form of labor or commercial sex act.
“The goal of the operation was simply to rescue and recover victims of human trafficking and to arrest their traffickers or individuals who have exploited them,” LAPD Deputy Chief Kris Pitcher said at a news conference Thursday morning.
During the seven-day operation, the LAPD made 91 arrests, the Long Beach Police Department made 13 arrests, the L.A. Regional Human Trafficking Task Force made 36 arrests and the Pomona Police Department made five arrests. …