33 Missing Children Rescued From Traffickers in Los Angeles

Authorities located and rescued 33 missing children in and around Los Angeles County last month as part of an anti-trafficking operation. The effort was carried out by multiple law enforcement agencies, including the FBI; the sheriff’s departments of Los Angeles, San Luis Obispo, and Ventura; and the police departments of Los Angeles, Inglewood, El Segundo, Pomona, Glendale, Long Beach, and San Diego.

Of the 33 minors, eight were being sexually exploited, according to the FBI. Others had been sexually exploited in the past. One Child was the victim of a non-custodial parental kidnapping.

“Human trafficking is a pervasive and insidious crime that threatens the safety of our young people, who are the future of our communities,” said Los Angeles Police Chief Michel Moore. “We can only begin to take back the future of our youth with the strong partnerships forged between outstanding service providers and law enforcement.”

The FBI conducted 660 human trafficking investigations during the 2020 fiscal year and arrested 473 traffickers.

January human trafficking awareness month.