21 Arrested, Three Rescued in Utah Human Trafficking Operation: Sheriff

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Utah officials have arrested 21 individuals and rescued three victims as part of its Human Trafficking Rescue Operation conducted in February, the Utah County Sheriff’s Office (UCSO) announced.

The operation was conducted in partnership with Lehi, Provo, Orem, Springville, Pleasant Grove, Lindon, and Unified Police Departments, Federal Homeland Security Investigations, and the Utah Attorney General’s Office, the Sheriff’s Office said.

Officials had hoped to identify and rescue people who were “caught in the trap that is human trafficking or sex trafficking.”

Utah County Sheriff’s Lieutenant Jason Randall said at a press conference on Thursday that undercover officers had posted on social media platforms and responded to advertisements as part of the operation.

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