With your donation, we made it possible for survivors to buy winter coats this Christmas. These young girls live and go to school in a “safe home” far away from the sex traffickers who could otherwise stalk them. The safe home provides counseling, food and education. The girls still need other necessities, but even more importantly, they need to know kind-hearted people like you care about them. Here are a few of their thank you notes below:

There are men targeting young girls all over the Bay Area. The girls are often too trusting, believing the man is their boyfriend and even the most engaged parents may not realize what is going on until after tragedy strikes. Special Operations is a Public Private Partnership between the community and law enforcement that helps rescue victims and target criminals. We are a 501(c)(3) and 100% of your tax deductible donation goes directly towards keeping kids safe in the Bay Area. Please donate now.

With your generous donations, Special Operations hired a private investigator to immediately help locate 15-year old Pearl Montano. She went missing from Santa Rosa on January 8th and was found on January 17th. Although we can not provide details of specific cases, we want our donors to know Pearl is safe

There are men targeting young girls all over the Bay Area. The girls are often too trusting, believing the man is their boyfriend and even the most engaged parents may not realize what is going on until after tragedy strikes. Special Operations is a Public Private Partnership between the community and law enforcement that helps rescue victims and target criminals. We are a 501(c)(3) and 100% of your tax deductible donation goes directly towards keeping kids safe in the Bay Area. Please donate now.

Because we know you care, we’re going to tell you something a little disturbing. There are more than 9,000 illicit massage businesses (IMBs) in the United States with revenues of $2.5 billion/year. An enormous number of underage girls are forced to provide sexual services inside these businesses.

With your donation, we helped San Mateo County greatly reduce its number of IMBs. We granted money to law enforcement to purchase necessary technology to monitor IMBs and to pay trained agents overtime salaries to conduct sting operations. LET’S GET TO ZERO IMBS IN EVERY COUNTY.

“Thank you, Special Operations, for your help in shutting down IMBs.” – John Vanek, Human Trafficking Program Coordinator, San Mateo County Sheriff’s Office

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100% of your tax deductible donation goes directly towards keeping kids safe in the Bay Area.

Happy Holidays!

Thanks to our generous donors, Special Operations helped give a mother the best Christmas present she could ask for: her daughter.

“Ellie” went missing last summer. Ellie was classified as a “runaway” even though her mother had reason to believe she was being sold for sex. In California, it is not a crime for a 17-year old to run away from home, so there were no Amber Alerts nor any sense of urgency from law enforcement.

Ellie’s mother was frantic. Luckily, she reached out to a local safe home who called us. We immediately hired a private investigator who was given the Power of Attorney to find Ellie. He vigorously investigated the case helping with search parties, interviewing her friends and family, working with computer crime specialists, and elevating the case within law enforcement.

About a month later, Ellie was found in a prostitution sting in Santa Clara County. We are trying to help her begin a new life. Like most special victims, Ellie does not want to testify against the man who hurt her. We are proactively working to bring this violent criminal to justice so he cannot continue to prey on other girls in our community.

“I was so frustrated that police were not actively looking for Ellie. I truly do not believe Ellie would have been found without Special Operations. ” — Ellie’s Mother

Even in wealthy Silicon Valley neighborhoods, pimps are canvassing high schools, promising young girls Chanel bags if they “just do them one favor.” Will you please consider donating this holiday season so we can continue to rescue and rehabilitate girls like Ellie? We are a volunteer based organization and 100% of your donation goes directly towards stopping sex trafficking of children in the Bay Area.

Thank you for helping us keep kids safe in the Bay Area.

With gratitude,
The Special Operations Team

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Oak Lawn police have arrested a Burbank man accused of trying to lure two teens to his car on Feb. 22.

OAK LAWN, IL — A self-employed sales vendor from Burbank has been arrested after police said he tried to lure two Oak Lawn girls to his car last Friday. Safwat Mohammad, 43, appeared before Cook County Judge John J. Mahoney on a felony count of child abduction and child luring, as well as misdemeanor disorderly conduct. During Mohammad’s bond hearing on Tuesday, he was also served with an order of protection for an unrelated civil matter.

Police said that a man later identified as Mohammad approached two girls, ages 14 and 15, moments apart as they walked home after school on Feb. 22. Both teens were students at Oak Lawn Community High School. There was no physical contact and, in both instances, adults happened upon the scene and scared the man away.

Around 3:40 p.m., the 14-year-old was walking home in the 5300 block of West 91st Place, when she noticed a man following her down the street in a Cadillac Deville. When the teen turned the corner, the car also turned and continued to follow the girl. The prosecutor said Mohammad pulled alongside the teen and rolled down his window. Mohammad allegedly began speaking to the girl — asking her name, saying she was pretty and that he wanted to get to know her better.

Man Sought In Two Attempted Child Luring Incidents In Oak Lawn

A woman on her way to pick up her son noticed the Caddy following the girl. Sensing something was not right, the prosecutor said the woman pulled up next to the teen and asked her if she was okay. When the girl responded that she was not the woman told Mohammad to leave, the prosecutor said. After making sure Mohammad left the area and that the teen was okay, she went to pick up her son. The girl met up with a friend, and they walked the rest of the way home.

Moments earlier, police said Mohammad approached a 15-year-old girl who was walking in the 9500 block of S. Marion Ave. and used the same modus operandi. When the teen turned up her driveway, police said the girl’s mother came out and Mohammad fled the area.

Using surveillance video from neighborhood home security cameras, police were able to enlarge one of the images to get a license plate number. The plate number came back as being registered to Mohammad, police said. Officers arrested Mohammad on Sunday at his home, according to the charges. He has no prior criminal background.

The 14-year-old was able to identify Mohammad, and he was charged with felony child abduction and child luring, police said. The other teen was unable to identify Mohammad as the man who approached her, so he was charged with misdemeanor disorderly conduct.

The assistant public defender told the judge that Mohammad is a self-employed sales vendor. He lives with his girlfriend in Burbank. He said he could post $100 bond. During the bond hearing, authorities also learned that another woman had filed for a civil order of protection against Mohammad, but it had not yet been served. The judge set bail at $250,000.

“I find you to be a danger,” Mahoney said.

Mohammad later returned to the courtroom where he was served with the order of protection issued Feb.19 from a Chicago woman. He was told to refrain from physical abuse, stalking, intimidation and communicating by phone, email or text; and he was asked to cease from online exploitation. He is also to stay away from the woman’s home and workplace.

Mohammad’s next court date is March 25 in Bridgeview. As Mohammed was being led out of the courtroom, he turned around and mouthed to a man and woman sitting in the gallery, “get my bond.”

 

In a deal, the man pleaded no contest to one charge each of child molestation, witness dissuasion & unlawful sexual intercourse with a child

SAN MATEO COUNTY, CA — A 30-year-old former youth counselor from Mountain View has been sentenced to eight years in prison after pleading no contest to several child molestation charges involving two girls at a group home in Redwood City, San Mateo County prosecutors said Monday.

Francis Caceres, who was sentenced Friday, was arrested in January 2017 after law enforcement became aware of his contact with a 14-year-old girl who was a resident at the Your House South youth group home in Redwood City where Caceres worked.

After Caceres’ arrest, a 13-year-old girl who was also a resident at Your House South came forward to say she was also a victim, prompting prosecutors to file several more charges against him, prosecutors said. The second victim said she was molested in the Your House South recreation room, according to the district attorney’s office.

In December, Caceres pleaded no contest to one charge each of child molestation, witness dissuasion and unlawful sexual intercourse with a child in exchange for an eight-year prison sentence. Prosecutors had asked for a nine-year sentence.In addition to the prison sentence, Caceres was ordered by San Mateo County Superior Court Judge Stephanie Garratt to pay a yet-to-be-determined amount of restitution to the victims.

He will also have to register as a sex offender for the rest of his life, stay away from the victims for 10 years and submit to genetic marker testing, prosecutors said.