County Wide Human Trafficking Operation
The identities of those arrested will be released the week of 9/24 by the Placer County District Attorney's Office.

September, 2018, Placer County, California – Placer County Law Enforcement Agencies are committed to taking a stand against sex trafficking and the exploitation of vulnerable victims.

There are three fronts in the battle:

1. The victims, the women and men who are often coerced into the trade and exploited for the financial benefit of others;

2. Pimps/traffickers, who exploit the victims and profit from their work;

3. The customers, or “johns” who create the market for prostitution.

When Placer County Law Enforcement Agencies encounter any juveniles, or adult sex workers who are being coerced and exploited, they treat them as victims rather than as criminal suspects. Law Enforcement work collaboratively with Stand Up Placer, Placer County’s advocacy agency for victims of human trafficking, and the Department of Health and Human Services to ensure that victims are offered support and appropriate services to protect them from their exploiters and help them escape from the sex trade.

To reduce the market for prostitution in our community, Law Enforcement Agencies throughout Placer County, recently conducted four days of Human Trafficking Operations.  It is illegal to solicit for or engage in a sexual act with a prostitute for money or other compensation, and those who do can be arrested and charged for prostitution/solicitation.

We’re publicizing this County Wide Human Trafficking Operation to send a message that prostitution, pimping, pandering, and human trafficking will not be tolerated in our community.  Those who engage in it, whether traffickers or customers, do so at risk of arrest and prosecution. We also want sex trafficking victims to know there are confidential, free services available for those who want protection and help escaping from the trade. Please call the National Human Trafficking Hotline at (888) 373-7888, or for free local services please contact Stand Up Placer at 1 (800) 575-5352.   Services are available 24 hours a day and are completely confidential.