LANCASTER — Nine people were arrested Tuesday during a human trafficking sting conducted in Lancaster by the Los Angeles Regional Human Trafficking Task Force, along with deputies from Lancaster Sheriff’s Station, officials said in a news release Wednesday.
Detectives arrested Keeyale Jackson, 22, of Lancaster for an outstanding no bail, felony warrant for pimping. The offense was committed in Santa Clara County, where the warrant was issued. Another adult female was detained for prostitution and offered victim-centered services from the Coalition to Abolish Slavery and Trafficking. Both females were booked at the Lancaster Sheriff’s Station.
Seven of those arrested were male adults who solicited undercover Sheriff’s deputies for various sex acts. Those males were transported and booked at the Lancaster Sheriff’s Station.
The operation included task force partners from the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the District Attorney’s Office, the California Highway Patrol, Los Angeles Unified School Police, State Parole, the Los Angeles County Probation Department and the Coalition to Abolish Slavery and Trafficking.
Anyone with information about this incident is encouraged to contact the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department Human Trafficking Bureau at (323) 526-5156. If you prefer to provide information anonymously, you may call “Crime Stoppers” by dialing (800) 222-TIPS (8477), use your smartphone by downloading the “P3 Tips” Mobile APP on Google play or the Apple App Store or by using the website http://lacrimestoppers.org.
The Los Angeles County Sheriff Department’s Human Trafficking Bureau houses the L.A. Regional Human Trafficking Task Force, the nation’s largest co-located human trafficking task force. The task force is a collaboration of federal, state, county and local law enforcement, social service agency and nongovernment and community-based organizations investigating and serving the needs of commercially exploited adults and minors victimized for the purpose of sex and labor.
The L.A. Regional Human Trafficking Task Force brings together systems and disciplines to address the victim’s needs through a victim centered, trauma informed approach. The task force employs a regionalized strategy that crosses jurisdictional boundaries to identify and rescue victims while aggressively pursuing traffickers and buyers.