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Wednesday September 13th, 2017 :: 03:20 p.m. PDT
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#LASD Human Trafficking – Massage Parlor Operation

On Tuesday, September 12, 2017, detectives from the Los Angeles Regional Human Trafficking Taskforce (LARHTTF) partnered with inspectors from the City of Santa Clarita and investigators from the California Employment Development Department (EDD) to conduct investigations at three Santa Clarita massage businesses.  The investigations, which included agents operating in an undercover capacity, were initiated in response to complaints from the community that commercial sex acts were being committed at some of the massage businesses.
 
At each of the three locations deputies, posing as customers, were solicited by employees of the massage parlors to exchange money for sex acts.  During Tuesday’s operation, three adult females (one suspect from each location) were arrested for solicitation charges. 
 
Inspectors from the City of Santa Clarita inspected the locations for building code violations.  Investigators from the State EDD reviewed the businesses for compliance with State employment regulations.  Task Force members checked the businesses for indicators related to either sex or labor trafficking.  The comprehensive investigation is ongoing.
 
For additional information contact:
Lieutenant Daniel Stanley: 323-526-5136
 
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The Los Angeles County Sheriff Department’s Human Trafficking Bureau houses the LA Regional Human Trafficking Task Force, the nation’s largest co-located human trafficking task force.  The Task Force is a collaboration of federal, state, county and local law enforcement, social service agency and non-government and community-based organizations investigating and serving the needs of commercially exploited adults and minors victimized for the purpose of sex and labor.  
The LA Regional Human Trafficking Task Force brings together systems and disciplines to address the victim’s needs through a victim centered, trauma informed approach.  The task force employs a regionalized strategy that crosses jurisdictional boundaries to identify and rescue victims while aggressively pursuing traffickers and buyers.
 
LA Regional Human Trafficking Task Force Partners: 
Federal
United States Attorney’s Office
Homeland Security Investigations (ICE)
Federal Bureau of Investigation
United States Marshals Service
United States Department of Labor 
State
California Attorney General
California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (State Parole)
California Employment Development Department
California Highway Patrol
County
LA County Sheriff’s Department
LA County District Attorney’s Office (DA & DA Investigator)
Department of Children and Family Services
LA County Probation Department
LA County Department of Public Health 
City
Los Angeles Police Department
Los Angeles Unified School District Police Department
Pomona Police Department 
Santa Monica City Attorney’s Office
Non-Government/Community Based Organizations
Coalition to Abolish Slavery and Trafficking
Saving Innocence
The Guardian Group (Hotel/Motel Outreach, Education and Signage)
Sheriff Clergy Council
Pet Prescriptions Therapy Dog Program
Demand Abolition Cease Network
Restoration Diversion Services
Virtuous Women Inc.
Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles
International Institute of Los Angeles
 
 
Written by:
Kent Wegener, Lieutenant
Human Trafficking Bureau
4700 Ramona Boulevard, Monterey Park, CA 91754
323-526-5156
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