September 30, 2016

The following statement is from Compton Mayor Aja Brown on a recent Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department human trafficking operation that resulted in 28 arrests and the rescuing of two minors:

“On Wednesday, the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Compton Station Human Trafficking Task Force rescued two minors during an operation conducted on Long Beach Boulevard.  The Compton Special Assignment Officers also made 28 arrests of adults for prostitution as well as the arrest of one person suspected of pimping.

Dismantling and decimating the business of human trafficking in Compton depends on the cooperation of local government and law enforcement along with business, community and faith leaders.  We’ve made considerable  progress in combating trafficking and continue to work collectively to send a united message that our city will not tolerate the exploitation of women, men and especially children.

Since 2013, we’ve launched collaborative efforts to combat human trafficking with the help of law enforcement and the community.  To further our efforts, in 2015 Compton was selected to join the Department of Justice’s Violence Reduction Network, designed to create opportunities for cities like Compton to directly engage with the DOJ in developing strategies to combat chronic, violent crime including human trafficking. The two-year program has enabled Sheriff’s Department officials at the Compton Station to work closely with the Department of Justice and my office to address 12 key areas, including gang violence and prevention, human trafficking, mental illness and homelessness, at-risk youth and trust-building in the community.  Our local sheriff’s now regularly strategically partner with the DOJ’s components on intelligence gathering, sharing, warrants service and major operations such as this one.

Wednesday’s rescue of two minors is a direct result of this relationship.  To date, several pimps have been charged and sentenced to jail time for this heinous crime.  Many women and children have been diverted to treatment facilities to assist them in reintegrating into society.

 

I continue to urge Compton residents to not only recognize, but report human trafficking to local law enforcement officials.  As with any crime, when residents see something, we want you to say something. The more information our local law enforcement agency has, the quicker they can act to get perpetrators off the streets, and victims out of the vicious and inhuman cycle of human trafficking.