300+ arrested in a massive sting against sex trafficking in California

January 30, 2019 | Brainwave Science

300+ arrested in a massive sting against sex trafficking in CaliforniaSITUATION

50 victims have been rescued in a 3-day sting operation. The rescued persons included 14 minors. Some of them were as young as 13 years old. On Tuesday, the law enforcement officials who participated in the “Operation Reclaim and Rebuild” announced that they have made 339 arrests in the 3-day operation, which involved 93 human trafficking task forces throughout the state. Those arrested had either been soliciting sex from underage teenagers or were pimps who put victims up for sale. During a news conference, L.A. County Sheriff’s Assistant Chief Maria Gutierrez said, “Don’t do business in Los Angeles County or the state of California because we will find you and prosecute you to the fullest extent of the law.”

The rescued people include runaways or homeless young women. Others were trapped by traffickers through social media and online chat sites. Some of the traumatic accounts of the suffering of the rescued people were described by Gutierrez. A 30-year-old suspect was arrested within 24 hours of authorities finding multiple videos where the man was seen sexually assaulting a 6-year-old child. Two teenagers forced to work in prostitution reunited with their families after the authorities arrested a suspect. The girls, ages 17 and 14 were threatened with violence after the older one was misled and trapped by a man she met online. She believed that she was going to have a relationship with him.

A 54-year-old man was arrested after he sent photos of $100 bills to a 15-year-old boy whom he was trying to entice into meeting at a park for sexual acts. The ‘teen’ was a decoy and was among the officers who arrested the suspect when he arrived at the park. The 3-day statewide sting took place this month. January happens to be the National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month, as recognized by the federal government.


The National Human Trafficking hotline recorded 8,524 cases of human trafficking in 2017. Of those, 1,305 were in California. 20 suspects were arrested in Fresno itself, during this operation. Out of them, 18 were soliciting sex, and 2 were suspected of pimping and organizing prostitution. Read the scenario analysis and about a revolutionary way to help operation ‘Reclaim and Rebuild’ here. Human trafficking and prostitution is an epidemic which is leading to exploitation of young men and women across the United States.

The 339 persons who have been arrested have either planned or witnessed crimes. The investigating agencies are faced with a huge task of interrogating them and getting them punished appropriately or getting them exonerated if they are not guilty. The sheer number of the arrests will put immense pressure of the police force, investigating agencies and the judiciary. There is thus a need for efficient and cost-effective handling of each arrested suspect. There is an immense amount of intelligence which can be gathered from the arrested suspects. Only three days ago, a woman from St. Petersburg, Florida was sentenced to life in prison for trafficking a 14-year-old for commercial sex. Several websites have been seized by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the U.S. Postal Inspection Service and the Internal Revenue Service Criminal Investigation Division. These websites were being used as platforms for advertising and soliciting sex online. There is hardly any monitoring of the advertisements posted on such websites. The kind of money generated yearly through such businesses is mind-boggling. It is well above 10 billion dollars. The investigators have to tackle the elephant in the room. Cybercrime is omnipresent and is extremely difficult to defeat because of the anonymity it provides to the solicitors and advertisers.
The undercover officers have made good use of the internet and social media to catch the suspects. Now, they must follow it up using the systematic and time-bound investigation to reap the benefits of the huge amount of information present with the suspects. Existing intelligence gathering techniques will not be able to quickly scale up to deal with a task of such proportions.  Also, routine police work cannot be halted because of this operation. Thus, to interrogate these cases, there is an urgent need for a modern investigation tool which is accurate, reliable and able to be deployed at multiple locations in a quick manner.


Brainwave Science has introduced a cutting-edge tool which has all the desired characteristics and can reduce the workload of the investigating agencies while increasing the accuracy of screening of suspects. This revolutionary tool in the field of forensic science is called iCognative.  It helps to significantly lower the cost of carrying out the interrogation. Imagine having the ability to detect concealed information stored in the brain. iCognative is a proven science which can do that by measuring brain waves. Forensic Science has been constantly improving itself. iCognative is the solution which has taken forensics to the next level. It is highly versatile as it can be employed to help in solving cybercrime, human trafficking, maintaining national-security, border-security, detecting immigration fraud, curbing drug trafficking, and fighting terrorism.

What makes iCognative an indispensable technology is its’s applicability in 85-90% of all civil and criminal cases. In contrast, DNA and conventional fingerprints are uncovered in only 1-2% of the cases. iCognative requires fewer resources, be it time, manpower or money, to conduct screening of suspects and the gather additional information. iCognative helps to identify if crime-related information and details are present in the mind of an arrested suspect or not. This helps to quickly screen suspects and narrow down to the most likely one. Also, innocent persons can be exonerated quickly.

Law enforcers will be delighted to learn that iCognative is non-invasive. In fact, it is the mission of Brainwave Science to eliminate torture and trauma from the process of interrogation. Unlike a lie-detector test, which isn’t fool-proof, iCognative has no known countermeasures. The fact that it does not report any false positives or false negatives makes it extremely reliable. iCognative reports its results with 99.9% accuracy. It presents them in the form of either ‘information present’ or ‘information absent’. There is no processing time and the results are available immediately after the usual 45-minute long test.

Images, words, and phrases related to the crime are shown on a computer screen in succession. The test subject wears a specialized headset during the test which records his or her brain response to each stimulus. If the subject has prior knowledge of the stimulus, then the brain will react in a particular way. This brain response is picked up by the headset and communicated to the iCognative computer. After the analysis of all the responses, the result is presented. In this case, the hundreds of arrested suspects can be systematically tested for the presence of information related to the crimes they are suspected of having committed. The stimuli can be customized according to their individual case. The stimuli can include details of the websites which were used to solicit or advertise sex, the transaction details of the money which was exchanged, pictures and details of the trafficked victims, details of the venues where the sex acts usually took place, etc.

iCognative will not only help in indicating the presence of crime-related information but also help in deconstructing the structure and hierarchy of criminal organizations which the suspects may belong to. This can help enormously in stopping cybercrime and institutionalized prostitution and exploitation of girls and boys of the US.

There could never be a better time than this in order to make use of scientific and reliable technology in the investigation of such a big number of cases. iCognative is universally applicable because of the option of customization of language and functionality.

Investigating agencies must try iCognative out in order to make Operation Reclaim and Rebuild a success.

Main source: WAFB

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