Police: 37 Arrested During ‘Operation Broken Hearts’ Child Sex Trafficking Investigation

Phoenix police track down and arrest 37 predators

The police in Phoenix, Arizona, said they have arrested 37 suspects connected to child sex crimes and human trafficking.

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“The Phoenix, Mesa, Tempe, and Chandler Police Departments partnered with Homeland Security and the Arizona Attorney General’s Office for ‘Operation Broken Hearts,’ an undercover operation targeting sexual predators engaged in child sex crimes and human trafficking,” Fox 10 reported.

Phoenix police also shared photos of some of their suspects:

“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 with children,” the department said.

“These suspects solicited and/or brokered deals for various sex acts and were subsequently arrested,” it continued.

In April, reported that authorities are worried about the situation in Phoenix, as the sex trafficking continued despite COVID-19.

First, it started online, but victims ended up on the streets.

“Victims are wearing less and less clothing, and they are having to do more to attract customers. But there are lots of customers out there,” said  Dominique Roe-Sepowitz, Director of Sex Trafficking Intervention Research at Arizona State University.

In January, “Operation Lost Angels” rescued dozens of missing children in Southern California. The human trafficking probe had great success.

“Human trafficking is a pervasive and insidious crime that threatens the safety of our young people, who are the future of our communities,” Michel Moore, chief of the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) said at the time.

Pheonix police explain that agencies have joined a nationwide effort to protect children.

The department urges citizens with information about victims being trafficked to contact local law enforcement or the National Human Trafficking Hotline at 888-373-7888 or visit

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Source: Breitbart

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