Authorities rescued almost three dozen lacking children in Southern California throughout a human trafficking investigation, the FBI mentioned.
Of the 33 youngsters rescued as a part of “Operation Misplaced Angels,” eight have been being sexually exploited when authorities swooped in to avoid wasting them, in response to the feds.
Two of the children had been beforehand rescued throughout the course of the operation, the company mentioned Friday.
“It’s not unusual for victims who’re rescued to return to industrial intercourse trafficking both voluntarily or by drive, fraud, or coercion,” the FBI mentioned.
“This dangerous cycle highlights the challenges victims face and people confronted by regulation enforcement when making an attempt to maintain victims from returning to an abusive scenario,” the company continued. “Victims might not self-identify as being trafficked or might not even understand they’re being trafficked.”
One suspected human trafficker was arrested, and a number of investigations have been launched on account of the probe.
The FBI added, “A number of the minor victims have been arrested for probation violations, theft, or different misdemeanors” and “one little one was a sufferer of a noncustodial parental kidnapping.”
The joint investigation, which included two dozen regulation enforcement businesses and was led by the FBI’s Los Angeles Area Workplace, started Jan. 11, the FBI said in a statement.
In 2020, the FBI carried out 664 human trafficking investigations throughout the nation, which led to the arrests of 473 traffickers.