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Attorney General’s Office Announces Human Trafficking and Child Sex Exploitation Arrests

Over 70 arrests, including for child sex exploitation and human trafficking of minors

SALT LAKE CITY July 13, 2016 – In cooperation with local and national law enforcement agencies today, the Utah Attorney General’s Office announced in a press conference a multi-month investigation that resulted in the arrests of a number of individuals on human trafficking and child sex exploitation charges. The arrests are related to cases where victims of human trafficking were trafficked inside Utah. Some cases involved minors and some crossed state lines. Several of the Utah child sexual exploitation arrests are related to a nationwide operation known as Operation Broken Heart III, which involved the 61 ICAC Task Forces across the nation.

Partners included:

  • Adult Probation and Parole
  • Bountiful Police Department
  • Clearfield Police Department
  • Davis County Attorney Investigations
  • Davis County Sheriff’s Office
  • Department of Public Safety
  • Enforcement and Removal Operations
  • Homeland Security Investigations
  • Layton Police Department
  • Ogden Police Department
  • Park City Police Department
  • Pleasant Grove Police Department
  • Sevier County Sheriff’s Office
  • South Salt Lake City Police Department
  • Summit County Sheriff’s Office
  • Syracuse Police Department
  • Uintah County Sheriff’s Office
  • Unified Police Department
  • United States Marshal’s Office
  • Utah County Sheriff’s Office
  • Vernal Police Department
  • West Valley City Police Department
  • Woods Cross Police Department

As part of Operation Broken Heart III, 1,368 arrests were made nationwide; 71 of those arrests came from Utah. Additionally, as an educational component of the operation, 2,300 community presentations were made nationwide, 194 of which were given in Utah.

A PowerPoint presented at the press conference is embedded below. You can also watch the embedded videos of the press conference below.

Trafficking Press Conference 2016 Presentation PowerPoint


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