Emily disappeared from a nice Bay Area neighborhood

Sex trafficking happens in affluent Silicon Valley neighborhoods. Pimps are using underage boys as “boyfriends” to lure younger girls away. Emily*, 14, disappeared from a nice Bay Area neighborhood. Our Private Investigator found her. Emily’s parents were very protective. They even had parental controls on her phone and her computer. After all, she was only […]

Help Rachel escape sex trafficking

Rachel* is a nice, pretty, 20-year old girl like her friends. But, she has a secret. Is he out there right now? Rachel asks herself this as she tries to focus at the tech company where she works. But she can’t stop looking out the window. She knows her stalking “boyfriend” might again be lurking […]

Jenny, her mother, and younger sister were trapped inside their home

Jenny*, her mother, and younger sister were trapped inside their home. The same men who raped and sold Jenny for sex when she was 14 years old had returned a few years later. They were lying in wait outside her home to kidnap her again. This time, Jenny’s younger sister was also at risk. Jenny’s […]

We rescue girls from sex trafficking and help them begin a new life.

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.

GIRLS ARE NOT FOR SALE Help Us Shut Down Illicit Massage Businesses.

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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A Missing Underage Girl Is Home For The Holidays

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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Case Solved: 16-Year Old San Mateo Girl Found In LA

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.

Case Solved: Man Arrested In San Bruno For Selling Sex

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.