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31 arrested, one youth recovered in prostitution sting

Prostitution customers ‘fuel this whole thing.’ Detective explains sex trafficking sting that targeted johns.

Sacramento County Sheriff's Detective John Sydow explains a 2017 human trafficking sting targeting clients regionally.
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Sacramento County Sheriff's Detective John Sydow explains a 2017 human trafficking sting targeting clients regionally.

Sacramento law enforcement arrested 31 people for prostitution-related crimes between Oct. 12 and 14, an independent undertaking in the midst of a nationwide sex-trafficking crackdown.

Deputies arrested suspects for outstanding prostitution warrants, solicitation for prostitution, loitering for the purposes of engaging in prostitution and supervising or directing prostitution, and recovered a 17-year-old female sex worker.

Meanwhile, 16 Central Valley law enforcement agencies recovered two minors and arrested a pimp as part of an FBI-backed operation that yielded 84 juvenile recoveries and arrests of 120 traffickers. Victims were as young as 3 months old, according to a bureau media release, and the average age was 15.

Operation Cross Country XI focused specifically on juvenile trafficking, said Sgt. Shaun Hampton of the Sacramento County Sheriff’s Department, while the localized effort sought to nip away at all facets of prostitution in Sacramento. Undercover female officers walked hotspots such as Stockton Boulevard and Watt Avenue in search of escorts and “johns” over the three-day period, Hampton said.

The Sheriff’s Office partnered with the Sacramento County Probation Department, Sacramento County District Attorney’s Office, U.S. Marshals Service, Sacramento Police Department and Rancho Cordova Police Department.

Benjy Egel: 916-321-1052, @BenjyEgel

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