District Attorney Anne Marie Schubert announces results from the 5th annual “Operation: Hot Spots,” a coordinated countywide sting operation aimed at reducing the demand side of human trafficking by targeting sex buyers and sex exploiters.
Community-based organizations from the Sacramento Together Against Human Trafficking coalition voiced the need to crack down on sex buyers who fund and sustain the sex trafficking trade. In response, DA Anne Marie Schubert led the effort to organize this countywide operation, with a commitment from local law enforcement agencies to conduct operations throughout the year to reduce sex trafficking.
The District Attorney’s Office created training videos for law enforcement agencies featuring experts on human trafficking victims (adults and juveniles), suspect tactics/manipulations, conducting trafficking investigations, and insights on evidence collection for prosecutions. Education was also provided on our community resources and the services available to victims of human trafficking. Victim advocates are involved in the sting operations to assist with intervention and service referrals for individuals victimized by human traffickers.
In October 2021, the Sacramento County Sheriff’s Office, Sacramento Police Department, Folsom Police Department, Parole, Probation, District Attorney’s Office, California Highway Patrol and FBI worked collaboratively to conducted street and hotel operations targeting sex buyers. The operation included law enforcement postings of fake decoy prostitution ads.
The results were:
261 sex buyer responses to fake decoy ads
22 citations of sex buyers for soliciting for prostitution – court dates are in January 2022
1 charged with human trafficking of a minor
1 charged with pandering
2 opened investigations into pimping and pandering
2 arrests for carrying a loaded firearm registered to another