This successful operation targeted areas near the Naval Base where sex customers lined up like they were in a "fast food drive thru".
During the operation, 48 individuals were arrested for human trafficking and sexual exploitation and 15 people were identified as suspected victims of trafficking including eight minors ages 13-17. Two were carrying weapons and one trafficker allegedly used violence, sexual abuse and a gun to force three young people, including two 16 year old runaway girls from Arizona into sex work.
San Diego Police Chief David Nisleit and District Attorney Summer Stephen addressed the challenges to identifying and rescuing victims of trafficking after California has implemented SB 357 which redefined the penal code related to solicitation for prostitution.
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