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Statewide human trafficking crackdown results in 101 arrests throughout Riverside County

A statewide initiative focusing on rescuing victims of sexual slavery and human trafficking resulted in 101 arrests throughout Riverside County. More than 500 arrests and 50 rescues were made across the state, with Riverside County contributing significantly to this effort.

During the week of January 22, the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department participated in Operation Reclaim & Rebuild, a multi-agency statewide initiative that focuses on rescuing victims of sexual slavery and human trafficking, identifying and arresting their captors, and disrupting demand for vulnerable victims. The operation targeted online prostitution and those who demand these unlawful activities, which fuels an illicit underground economy, both locally and across the state.

During the Riverside County operation, 101 adults were arrested for solicitation of prostitution, pimping, pandering, and other related crimes, according to the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department. Four juveniles were detained for solicitation of prostitution and released to their parents and various services and resources were provided and offered to eight rescued victims, the department said.

Statewide, the operation resulted in 539 arrests and 65 rescues, according to the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department. The multi-agency collaboration ensured a comprehensive strategy to not only apprehend perpetrators but also disrupt the demand for vulnerable victims. Beyond arrests, a critical aspect of the operation involved providing services and resources to the rescued victims.

The Sheriff’s Riverside County Anti-Human Trafficking Task Force oversaw the local operation in conjunction with the Moreno Valley Sheriff’s Station, Hemet Sheriff’s Station, San Jacinto Sheriff’s Station, Temecula Sheriff’s Station, Lake Elsinore Sheriff’s Station, Perris Sheriff’s Station, Thermal Sheriff’s Station, Palm Desert Sheriff’s Station, Lake Mathews Sheriff’s Station, Murrieta Police Department, Homeland Security Investigations, Riverside County District Attorney’s Office, and local victim advocacy partners.

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