A four day joint operation between North Texas law enforcement resulted in the rescue of five victims of human trafficking. The victims were rescued throughout North Texas and were 16 to 17-years-old.
The FBI Dallas Child Exploitation Task Force, in partnership last week with 18 federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies, which focused on commercial child sex trafficking throughout the Metroplex. The operation resulted in the arrests of four pimps, 18 johns, and three preferential offenders who solicited children for sex trafficking via the Internet.
“Collaboration of federal, state, and local law enforcement is crucial to identify and interrupt child prostitution operations,” said Dallas FBI Special Agent in Charge Diego Rodriguez.
“The FBI and our partners are committed to providing care to the victims of child exploitation and bringing justice to those who try to profit from these criminal activities.”
“These operations with our partner law enforcement agencies help us identify minors who may have been trafficked into the sex industry,” said David M. Marwell, Special Agent in Charge of HSI Dallas. “Homeland Security Investigations takes an extremely active role in rescuing these children and pursuing prosecution against their traffickers.”
Dallas Police Chief David Brown explained, “The Dallas Police Department Crimes Against Children Unit and its High Risk Victims Squad, has developed a victim centered model for finding children who are enticed into sex trafficking. The Dallas Police Department worked with our federal, state, and local partners over the last four days to find these victims and find the offenders who are responsible for trafficking them.”
The minors recovered during the four-day operation included children who had run away from home. Over the course of the operation, more than 65 women and children were offered services such as food, clothing, and referrals to health care facilities, shelters, and other programs.
This law enforcement action was part of the Innocence Lost National Initiative, established in 2003 by the FBI’s Criminal Investigative Division, in partnership with the Department of Justice and the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, to address the growing problem of child prostitution. To learn more about the Innocence Lost National Initiative, please visit http://www.fbi.gov.
The Dallas FBI worked closely with the Dallas Police Department and Homeland Security Investigations in executing this operation and would like to thank the following federal, state, and local enforcement partners who participated in the enforcement effort:
Arlington Police Department
Dallas County District Attorney’s Office
Dallas Police Department
Denton County District Attorney’s Office
Denton County Sheriff’s Office
Denton Police Department
Fort Worth Police Department
Grand Prairie Police Department
Homeland Security Investigations
Irving Police Department
Lewisville Police Department
Richardson Police Department
Tarrant County District Attorney’s Office
Texas Attorney General’s Office
Texas Department of Public Safety
U.S. Attorney’s Office - Eastern District of Texas
U.S. Attorney’s Office - Northern District of Texas
U.S. Customs and Border Protection