National Sting Targeting Buyers Nets Record Number of Arrests

The National Johns Suppression Initiative, a nationwide anti-trafficking operation targeting sex buyers, is reporting very impressive numbers from its most recent stings. Under the leadership of Sherriff Thomas Dart of Cook County, Illinois, more than 1,300 sex buyers—a record—were arrested across 18 states in just one month.

The sweep, conducted by a national coalition of law enforcement agencies, also recovered 32 underage trafficking victims, yielding 71 human trafficking arrests and more than $1 million in collected fines. (The buyers’ victims were referred to service agencies by local police departments or through the National Trafficking Hotline.)

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