Sep 24, 2014 4:42 PM by News Staff
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Local and federal authorities will announce the results of a task force's eight-month effort to target human sex traffickers in the Long Beach area and rescue their victims rather than arrest them for prostitution.
Police will not reveal details in advance of a Wednesday afternoon press conference, but Los Angeles County officials separately say at least nine girls ages 13 through 17 were rescued in just the last month under new protocols for handling such cases.
Many were previously foster children, welfare recipients or in the juvenile court system.
County officials say the protocols are being tested in the Long Beach area, bringing together the Department of Children and Family Services, probation, law enforcement and a nonprofit victim support group to ensure the girls don't again fall through the cracks.
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