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“Operation Reclaim and Rebuild” Child Sex Trafficking in California

Christopher Allen Bouchard, 48, of La Crescenta, was arrested Friday in connection with a sexual predator sting. (Photo: CONTRIBUTED PHOTO)
A multi-agency crackdown on human trafficking in California last week ended with hundreds of arrests and dozens of victimized women and children being rescued, the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department announced.

Reynal Reginio Guillen, 54, of Sherman Oaks, was arrested Friday in connection with a sexual predator sting. (Photo: CONTRIBUTED PHOTO)
The sweep, named “Operation Reclaim and Rebuild,” lasted from Jan. 26 to Jan. 28 and involved federal, state and local law enforcement agencies and task forces, including the Los Angeles Regional Human Trafficking Task Force, officials said.
Detectives conducted “john” stings to target men and women involved in prostitution and posed online as juveniles to go after pedophiles.
In all, 28 children and 27 adult victims were rescued, the Sheriff’s Department said in a statement. About 140 men were arrested for solicitation and 36 others on suspicion of pimping. In total, 474 people were arrested, authorities said.




About 70% of children who are trafficked come from foster care, Sheriff Jim McDonnell said. But, he added, authorities have found victims from all walks of life.
“They’re looking for love. They’re looking for someone that cares about them. The pimp says that they’re going to give them this then leads them down a path of destruction,” McDonnell said. “But any family, any kind anywhere with the Internet can get involved in a situation where they think they’re meeting someone who cares about them on the web …and then from there could drug them and drag them into the life of this type of behavior. Enslave them, essentially.”
The National Human Trafficking Resource Center lists California as the state with the highest number of reported human-trafficking victims, with 1,323 cases reported in 2016.

Jose Juan Ramualdo Posadas, 32, of Corona, was arrested Friday in connection with a sexual predator sting. (Photo: CONTRIBUTED PHOTO)

Three men were arrested by Ventura police during a sexual predator sting, officials said Tuesday.

Christopher Allen Bouchard, 48, of La Crescenta; Reynal Reginio Guillen, 54, of Sherman Oaks and Jose Juan Ramualdo Posadas, 32, of Corona, were arrested in the operation, which was conducted during a 12-hour operation that started at noon Friday, officials said.

According to Ventura police, detectives entered into various internet chat rooms, posing as 14- and 15-year-old girls. Officials said adult males also entered the chat rooms and contacted the officers, believing them to be young females.

The males allegedly engaged the officers in sexually explicit conversation, including describing acts they wished to perform, authorities said.

The men also agreed to meet and pick up the teenaged female from or near where they believed she resided, officials said. Upon their arrival to the location, the men were taken into custody without incident, authorities reported.

The three men were arrested on suspicion of communicating sexual activity with a minor and arranging a meeting with a minor with sexual intent, authorities said.

The sting was a joint operation involving the Ventura Police Department, Ventura County Sheriff's Office and the Ventura County District Attorney's Offices along with the Ventura County Human Trafficking Enforcement Team, officials said.

The operation was also a part of the Los Angeles Regional Human Trafficking Task Force's “Operation Reclaim & Rebuild,” a statewide effort intended to help victims of human trafficking and sex slavery and to target sexual predators. The operations commemorate January as Human Trafficking Awareness Month


Officers taking part in “Operation Reclaim and Rebuild” rescued 28 teenage girls in Southern California; 2 from right here in San Diego County. Police say hundreds of other victims are still out there and even more kids are at risk of being lured into prostitution.

Jon Bray is a retired police investigator. He tracked down and arrested child predators for more than 30 years. Today he educates other police officers, social workers, and medical professionals all over the country. Bray says every child is as risk of being lured into human trafficking regardless of where they live or how much money their parents make. And; both boys and girls are vulnerable.

If your child is on social media there is a good chance he or she has already been exposed to it. Bray says child predators are very good at making prostitution look glamorous. “They don’t understand bad things can happen to young kids. They don’t understand that until it’s actually happening and by the time they are victimized or they are brought  into a ring it’s too late.”, say Bray.

Bray say parents need to start the conversation with their children. He warns when parents shy away from the topic kids will get the information from someone else. That someone could be a child predator. He also encourages parents to stay involved in their kids’ lives; find out who they hang out with, where they spend their time, and with whom they are connecting with on social media.

Some of the warning signs your child is involved in human trafficking include: They receive unexpected, expensive gifts. Their style of dress changes dramatically. They suddenly hang out with a new group of friends. They are dating someone seven years older. Some teens also get tattoos or wear jewelry that says “Daddy’$ girl”.

Sex trafficking expert warns parents all children are at risk February 2, 2017





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