Pregnant 14-Year-Old Girl Among 3 Rescued from Human Trafficking Ring
Girl had been previously reported missing
Three juveniles have been rescued by authorities in California following a human trafficking bust, according to reports.
Among those rescued was a 14-year-old who is pregnant, a Pomona Police Department press release said.
A four-day operation to find victims was conducted by the Los Angeles Child Exploitation and Human Trafficking Task Force between April 19 to April 23 in San Gabriel Valley.
Two females who appeared to be “very young” were noticed by authorities as they engaged with men who were sitting in vehicles on April 19.
The task force managed to make contact with both of the juveniles.
One was identified as a 14-year-old girl who had been previously reported missing.
The girl was also reported to be six months pregnant, police said.
The other girl was 16-years-old.
Multi-Day Operation by Human Trafficking Task Force Leads to the Recovery of Three Minors & Multiple Arrests https://t.co/LM1oh1Nd13— Pomona PD (@PomonaPD) April 27, 2021
Another juvenile who was 17, was also rescued.
One victim told authorities she had been a prostitute since she was 12 years old.
Police said the three girls had been reported missing from cities outside of Pomona.
Agents conducted more operations along Holt Avenue throughout the remaining week.
Authorities arrested seven females and four males for commercial sex trafficking-related crimes, according to police.
Of the seven females arrested, five accepted services from victim advocates, according to police.
Police warned some of the victims could return to sex trafficking “either voluntarily or by force, fraud or coercion.”