ABC7: More than 500 suspects were arrested and 56 people were rescued during a statewide human-trafficking crackdown, officials said.
The Los Angeles County Regional Human Trafficking Task Forces announced the arrests of 510 suspects during the three-day sweep, called Operation Reclaim and Rebuild.
During the operation, which took place between Jan. 25 and 27, the task force said 45 adults and 11 girls were rescued.
Among the 510 suspects arrested, 30 are suspected traffickers and 178 are alleged "johns."
The task force is housed by the L.A. County Sheriff's Department and is a collaboration of more than 85 federal, state, county and local law enforcement and nonprofit community organizations.
Speaking at a Tuesday press conference, Los Angeles County Sheriff Jim McDonnell gave details surrounding some of the arrests.
"The message we hope to send to the traffickers is don't do business in Los Angeles County or the state of California because we will find you and prosecute you to the fullest extent of the law," he said.
In one very disturbing incident in Milpitas, California, a man dressed in full police uniform - including a side arm - was arrested on felony charges after he sexually assaulted a human-trafficking victim, McDonnell said. The suspect was found to be already on felony probation and wanted by police for additional, similar crimes.
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