Anti-human trafficking efforts led by law enforcement officers at all levels of jurisdiction continue to crack down on America’s massive sex trafficking problem across the country.
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Police officers across multiple California cities successfully busted 144 men this month on charges of violating Penal Code 647(b)(2) “Solicitation of Prostitution” in a four-day sting dubbed “Operation Century Week.”
The operation was conducted April 5-8 by the San Diego Human Trafficking Task Force (HTTF), which is a cooperative effort between the California DOJ, FBI, CHP, HSI, Southern California Attorney General’s Office, and various San Diego law enforcement agencies.
For “Operation Century Week,” HTTF worked in partnership with the Sherriff’s Department, as well as the Chula Vista, Escondido, and San Diego Police Departments.
Officers identified suspects by working undercover to confront suspects at hotels and by using social media to find people searching for prostitutes.
HTTF uploaded a short video on YouTube explaining the nature of the business and showing police officers arresting one of the nearly 200 men charged for soliciting prostitution.
“Sex buyers don’t understand that they drive up the demand for the criminal business of sex trafficking and they contribute to the negative consequences that victims of human trafficking have to endure,” San Diego HTTF Commander Geanie Franco said.
“They think there’s no harm in it, I’m getting what I want, they’re getting what they want. But in reality, they don’t really understand what could be behind that solicitation online.”
“HTTF is committed to combatting human trafficking by recovering victims and holding their offenders accountable, while also addressing the demand side of the problem,” the agency said in a statement.
While they provide resources for victims of sex trafficking, HTTF targets the source of the demand to curb the crime rate.
Adding, “Sex buyers drive the demand for human trafficking, which results in an increase of offenders and victims and contributes to negative consequences victims of human trafficking endure.”
By stopping the demand, HTTF believes the crime of sex trafficking as well as its harmful effects on women who participate can be significantly reduced.
The agency says if you know anyone who is a victim of trafficking, you can call the confidential National Human Trafficking Hotline at (888) 373-7888 or text 233733. Visit https://humantraffickinghotline.org/ for more resources.