FBI operation leads to 84 minors rescued, 120 traffickers arrested

The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) along with other agencies announced that they have rescued 84 teens and children while arresting 120 traffickers.

This national sting was an effort focusing on underage human trafficking that ran from Oct. 12-17.

The FBI Sacramento Field Office partnered with local law enforcement in the four metropolitan areas of Sacramento, Fresno, Chico and South Lake Tahoe to help catch those in violation.

The Sacramento County Sheriff's Department recovered one minor on Oct. 12 and the FBI and Chico Police rescued one minor on Oct. 12 as well.

Twenty-three total arrests were made during the operation, which reached over a dozen different agencies, and included charges like prostitution and probation violations.

“We at the FBI have no greater mission than to protect our nation’s children from harm. Unfortunately, the number of traffickers arrested—and the number of children recovered—reinforces why we need to continue to do this important work," said FBI Director Christopher Wray in a press release. "This operation isn't just about taking traffickers off the street. It’s about making sure we offer help and a way out to these young victims who find themselves caught in a vicious cycle of abuse.”

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