The Fresno Police Department teamed up with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security Investigations for Operation Stolen Hearts, in a multi-day effort against child sex trafficking and exploitation in the area, FOX26 Fresno reported.
Detectives went undercover and used websites frequented by those looking to solicit sex with a minor to chat with adults, the Fresno Bee reported.
Authorities made 10 felony arrests and cited 11 others for misdemeanors, according to the reports.
Those arrested were booked on prostitution-related charges, including contacting a minor with intent to commit a sex offense, aiding prostitution, arranging a meeting with a minor for lewd purposes and solicitation of acts of prostitution.
Other charges included felony possession of a controlled substance with firearm and felony possession of firearm by felon or narcotic drug user.
Law enforcement partnered with Breaking the Chains, a local group that provides support services for victims of human trafficking, to help the 10 women and girls rescued in the operation, FOX26 reported.
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