Sacramento District Attorney Anne Marie Schubert announced the results of the forth annual "Operation: Hot Spots" which ran from September to mid-November and resulted in the arrest of 46 individuals as well as the recover of one juvenile.
During the county-wide sting, numerous local and federal agencies partnered together in order to reduce the demand side of human trafficking b targeting those seeking to buy sex.
In this time of the COVID-19 pandemic, human traffickers and sex buyers remain a significant public safety threat," Schubert said in a press release posted to the DA's website. "We are committed to continuing sting operations through the Sacramento Together coalition to safely target sex traffickers and buyers as well as maximize our efforts to protect and serve victims of sexual exploitation.”
Sacramento Together is a coalition of community based organizations, law enforcement and state and local public agencies that meet regularly and work together in order to combat human trafficking in its various forms as well as exploitation.
During the operation, officers conducted both street and hotel sting operations.
Those arrested for attempting to purchase sex face a maximum sentence of 180 days in county jail if convicted. They may additionally be ordered to stay away from known "stroll" locations.