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LA County task force cracks down on prostitution

July 20, 2018 GMT

COMPTON, Calif. (AP) — The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department says 36 adults have been arrested by a human-trafficking task force that also rescued two teenage girls identified as commercially sexually exploited children.

The department says Wednesday’s operation in Compton resulted in arrests of 14 women on prostitution-related charges and 20 men for allegedly soliciting sex acts from undercover deputies.

In addition, the department says a woman was arrested for soliciting an undercover deputy to become a sex worker, and a male companion was held on a firearms violation and for supervising a prostitute.

One of the teen girls was released to child welfare authorizes and the other was turned over to probation officials because she had an arrest warrant.