Murrieta PD arrests 10 in regional sex trafficking operation

The Murrieta Police Department participated with other agencies last month in a proactive enforcement operation that resulted in 64 arrests ...

The Murrieta Police Department participated with other agencies last month in a proactive enforcement operation that resulted in 64 arrests throughout Riverside County for online prostitution solicitation, targeting “those whose demand for these unlawful activities fuels an illicit underground economy,” according to a Murrieta PD news release.

The Murrieta PD role in the operation, dubbed Operation Rebuild & Reclaim, took place Jan. 27 in partnership with the Riverside County Anti-Human Trafficking Taskforce (RCAHT). During the Murrieta operation, 10 males were arrested for solicitation of prostitution and one male was arrested for supervising/aiding a person to commit prostitution.

Officers also contacted an adult female who was believed to be the victim of human trafficking and “possibly being forced to engage in acts of prostitution against her will.”

Operation Rebuild & Reclaim is a multi-agency initiative that focuses on rescuing victims of sexual slavery and human trafficking, identifying and arresting their captors, and disrupting demand for the vulnerable victims, a news release stated.

According to Murrieta PD, 95 percent of sex trafficking victims are women or children. The National center for Missing and Exploited Children estimates that 1 in 6 endangered runaways reported are likely victims of sex trafficking.

For more information on this operation, contact Sergeant Roy Vargas or Corporal Jay Elliott at 951-696-3615.

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