Police arrest 37 in child sex trafficking operation

by Jeffrey Swindoll · Feb 21st, 2021 10:09 am

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Last Updated Feb 22nd, 2021 at 5:40 pm

Phoenix police say 37 people have been arrested in connection to a child sex trafficking operation on Friday.

"[O]fficers and undercover detectives placed ads on websites and apps which are commonly sought out by suspects seeking illegal sex acts with children," Phoenix Police said. "These suspects solicited and/or brokered deals for various sex acts and were subsequently arrested."

The suspects ranged from 21 to 66 years old.

The Phoenix Police Department partnered with the City of Mesa Police Department, Tempe Police Department, Chandler Police Department, Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), and the Attorney General's Office for Operation Broken Hearts.

"Operation Broken Hearts was an undercover operation targeting sexual predators engaged in child sex crimes and human trafficking," Phoenix Police said. "The combined efforts of the agencies involved, are part of a nationwide effort to eliminate human and sex trafficking."

"If you have information about someone being trafficked, contact your local police department or the National Human Trafficking Hotline at 888-373-7888 or humantraffickinghotline.org."


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