According to Reuters, nearly 500 arrests were recently made in California cities in connection with a statewide crackdown on human trafficking.
More cases of human trafficking were reported in California than in any other U.S. state in 2016.
The arrests were made during raids conducted by police who in the process rescued 28 children and 27 adults who had been lured into prostitution.
The police raids took place in multiple cities, including Los Angeles, San Diego, and Santa Barbara.
Arrests made totaled 474 people. According to the San Diego Country District Attorney’s Office, the charges include pimping, solicitation of prostitution, and human trafficking.
Globally, nearly 21 million people are victims of human trafficking. An estimated 4.5 million of them are forced into sex work.
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