This Summer An Underage Girl Went Missing in San Mateo County.

We Found Her.

She was in high school when a man lured her away.

He told her she was pretty, he loved her, he would buy her nice things…..

Girls who go missing are, more often than not, kidnapped for commercial sexual exploitation.

Special Operations works closely with the San Mateo County Sheriff’s Office, who immediately began looking for her online. Working with investigators and criminal intelligence providers, they used facial recognition software to compare a photo of her with photos of girls being sold for sex on Backpage.com.

The team was able to determine with 93% certainty that the original photo was the same girl being sold for sex on Backpage.The phone number associated with the Backpage ads led to 4 individuals who may have been associated with her sexual exploitation. At least one of the men is considered violent with a criminal history of homicide. By tracking the geographical location of these ads, the team discovered that within one month, she had been sold for sex in the North Bay, San Francisco, Palm Springs and Orange County.

Based on the information from this investigation, law enforcement authorities in Orange County set up a sting operation. The sting operation resulted in the human trafficking arrest of 2 men from the East Bay on August 9, 2017. They are being held without bail in Orange County Jail on human trafficking charges.

This operation involved 14 people and cost approximately $22,000.

Sex trafficking of children in the Bay Area is a problem money can solve.

He Made Money Selling Young Women For Sex.

We Hope He Comes Up With A Better Business Plan In Jail.

Special Operations works very closely with The San Mateo County Sheriff’s Office on sex trafficking. So, when a tip came in that a man was selling young women for sex out of a house in San Bruno, the Sheriff’s Office took immediate action.

Investigations and surveillance tactics, including traffic stops, led law enforcement to the conclusion that females were being advertised on Backpage.com and sold for sex inside the house. The team gathered enough evidence to obtain a search warrant of the home.

They then sent in an undercover officer who was solicited for sex. The man was arrested and 4 young women were saved. Further investigation revealed that this criminal also sold young women for sex out of other houses in the area – one of which was directly across the street from Serra High School.

Proactively targeting and arresting him may have prevented young high school girls from being kidnapped, raped and sexually exploited.

President Trump signed a bill Wednesday that gives federal and state prosecutors greater power to pursue websites that host sex-trafficking ads and enables victims and state attorneys general to file civil lawsuits against those sites.

Addressing the victims and family members in attendance, the president said, “I’m signing this bill in your honor. … You have endured what no person on Earth should ever have to endure.” Trump added, “This is a great piece of legislation, and it’s really going to make a difference.”

Standing next to Trump as he signed the legislation was Yvonne Ambrose of Chicago, whose 16-year-old daughter, Desiree Robinson, was slain after being prostituted on Backpage in 2016. “It means so much to our family,” Ambrose said of the bill. “Hopefully, there won’t be many more people who have to endure that pain.”

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Classifieds website Backpage.com has been seized and shut down by the FBI.

The FBI confirmed Friday that agents also raided the Sedona home of Michael Lacey, the founder of Backpage.com.

Backpage.com has been under investigation for years for claims that the site facilitates sex trafficking on their adult ads page.

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