An investigation in Southern California dubbed “Operation Lost Angels” found 33 missing children in recent weeks, including two youths found multiple times at commercial sex-trafficking locations.
Kristi Johnson, assistant director in charge of the FBI’s Los Angeles field office, revealed some details of the 10-day operation on behalf of more than two dozen law enforcement agencies that worked to identify, locate and return the missing young people.
The operation came two months after another effort in Virginia recovered 27 youths, some of them runaways, sometimes found with other family members, and teens in the foster care system.
“The FBI considers human trafficking modern-day slavery,” Johnson said. “The minors engaged in commercial sex trafficking are considered victims.”