Contra Costa human trafficking operation in leads to arrests, rescues

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The Contra Costa Human Trafficking Task Force along with the FBI recently carried out Operation Cross Country from July 19 through July 30, an anti-human trafficking operation that resulted in the arrests of two men and the identification of nine survivors, including a juvenile.

Operation Cross Country included three jointly conducted anti-human trafficking operations throughout the County, leading to the arrests a 33-year-old man from Sacramento and a 24-year-old man from Oakland on various human trafficking charges. The men have not been identified in the active investigation. The FBI and task force partners said they are still investigating four other cases in the County.

“All victims identified through these operations met with specialized human trafficking victim advocates immediately upon contact and were offered a range of services and support,” the DA’s Office said.

DA Diana Becton said the outcomes of the operation are a testament to the collaboration between law enforcement and community partners “to address the harm caused by human trafficking and deliver justice to victims.”

Participating agencies in this operation (in alphabetical order) included Community Violence Solutions; Concord Police Department; Contra Costa County District Attorney’s Office (CCCDA); Contra Costa County Probation Department; Contra Costa County Sheriff’s Department; Federal Bureau of Investigations; Hercules Police Department; Homeland Security Investigations; International Rescue Committee; Northern California Regional Intelligence Center; Pittsburg Police Department; Pleasant Hill Police Department and Richmond Police Department.

Anyone with information on suspected human trafficking (sex or labor) or related crimes is encouraged to make a report to your local law enforcement agency or the District Attorney’s Human Trafficking Tip Line(925) 957-8658.