Investigators say a total of 37 suspects have been arrested and taken into custody in relation to a large-scale child sex crime and human trafficking operation.
The Mesa, Tempe, Phoenix and Chandler Police Departments teamed up with Homeland Security and the Arizona Attorney General’s Office to launch “Operation Broken Hearts,” a undercover investigation targeting sexual predators engaging in child sex crimes along with human trafficking, according to authorities on Feb. 19th.
“Throughout the operational period, officers and undercover detectives placed ads on websites and apps which are commonly sought out by suspects seeking illegal sex acts against children,” released in a statement from police.
Allegedly the suspects, ranging from the ages of 21 to 66 years old, solicited sex acts from undercover officers and were arrested after the incident police say.
If you have any information about someone being trafficked, please call 911 immediately or contact the National Human Trafficking Hotline at 888-373-7888, or visit humantraffickinghotline.org.
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