Six Arrests in Santa Maria Human Trafficking Sting
Source: Santa Maria Police Department
On Friday, 6/18/2021, the Santa Maria Police Department Detective Bureau-Special Victims Unit conducted a Human Trafficking Operation in the city of Santa Maria. The goal was to identify and locate "sex buyers," locate and assist victims of human trafficking in addition to identifying those who are also forcing victims into the trade.
During the operation, (6) male subjects were arrested for solicitation of prostitution. All were cited and released from the scene for a court appearance at a later date.
Human Trafficking is a heinous crime and a morally reprehensible act that deprives a person of their liberty and dignity for another person’s gain. The Santa Maria Police Department strives to establish a relationship of trust with all victims and is committed to eradicating all forms of human trafficking in our community.
The SVU Detectives were assisted by the Santa Maria Police Department Special Enforcement Team and the Santa Barbara County District Attorney’s Office.
To report tips about Human Trafficking, contact:
The Santa Maria Police Department
SMPD Tip Line: (805) 928-3781 EXT. 2677
National Human Trafficking Hotline 1-888-373-7888 htts://humantraffickinghotline.org/