A nationwide effort to curtail child sex trafficking that included the participation of Sacramento-area law enforcement resulted in arrests of suspected pimps and safety for underage victims.
Federal, state and local officers and agents recovered 149 minors and arrested 154 suspected pimps last week in an effort called “Operation Cross Country IX.” The effort also was spearheaded by the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children.
In the area covered by the FBI’s Sacramento Field Office, five young people were safely recovered and seven suspected pimps were arrested. The effort was conducted in the metropolitan regions of Fairfield, Fresno and Sacramento.
In addition, 90 adults were arrested as part of the operation for various offenses, including probation violations and other prostitution-related charges.
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FBI agents and officers from the Sacramento Police Department, Sacramento County Sheriff’s Department, Citrus Heights Police Department, Rancho Cordova Police Department and Sacramento County Probation Department worked together.
The FBI’s Sacramento Child Exploitation Task Force, which includes Sacramento Police Department officers, recovered two minors and arrested three people on suspicion of pimping. Sheriff’s deputies recovered one minor, according to an FBI press release.
In the Fairfield area, the effort by the FBI, Fairfield police, Solano County Sheriff’s Department and Vallejo police recovered a child and arrested two suspected pimps.
In Fresno, operations conducted by the FBI, Fresno police, Tulare police and the Sheriff’s Office resulted in the recovery of one underage victim and two suspected pimps.
“While the arrest of the offender has an immediate result, only recovering a child can offer him or her an opportunity to begin to accept services necessary to begin the healing process and restore a sense of normalcy,” said Special Agent in Charge Monica M. Miller of the FBI Sacramento field office in a press release.