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Metro reports 19 arrests, 16 victims in sex trafficking sting efforts

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Updated: 8/08 12:07 am
LAS VEGAS (KSNV MyNews3.com) — Taking part in a nationwide effort against the "demand" side of illegal prostitution, Metro reported today that it made 19 "John" arrests and identified 16 victims of sex trafficking.

Metro officers recently completed its participation in an initiative designed to highlight the demand side of illegal prostitution and the role the “john” plays in the illicit sex trade.

The eighth “National Day of Johns Arrests” ran for 18 days from July 17 through Aug. 3. The sting involved various law enforcement agencies from 14 states in a widespread crackdown on the demand for purchased sex within their respective jurisdictions.

Metro's enforcement efforts encompassed all crimes associated with prostitution and its demand, also exposing those involved in the exploitation of adult women and juveniles forced into the commercial sex trade.

A variety of sting operations resulted in:

• 19 “john” arrests.

• 3 sex trafficking arrests.

• 2 prostitution thefts arrests.

• 153 other prostitution related arrests.

• 3 search warrants served.

• 8 adult victims of sex trafficking identified.

• 8 minor victims of sex trafficking identified.

Cook County (Ill.) Sheriff Thomas J. Dart began these operations in 2011 to highlight the role of sex solicitors as perpetrators in this violent and exploitative industry. The national coalition has grown from eight agencies to 59.

To report in progress activities involving prostitution, call Metro's non-emergency line at (702) 828-3111 or (800) 492-6565. To report crimes not in progress call Crime Stoppers at (702) 385-5555 or email Vice@lvmpd.com.
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