Compton Human Trafficking Crackdown Nets 30 Arrests


Thirty people were arrested on Saturday in a crackdown on human trafficking in Compton according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department. Four females who were identified as "commercially, sexually exploited children" were also freed. 

The four children were taken to the Department of Children and Family Services according to sheriff's Lt. Barry Hall. 

The operation was conducted as part of a Los Angeles Regional Human Trafficking Task Force operation. 

Ten of the arrested were adult female sex workers who allegedly solicited undercover deputies for a variety of sex acts. Six of those arrested were taken in on charges of loitering for the purposes of prostitution Hall said. 

Help from the Restoration Diversion Services, a local service provider in Compton, was offered to all the females. 

Lafayett Lomax, a 27-year-old man from Compton was arrested on felony charges of pandering after he attempted to get an undercover deputy to work for him as a prostitute according to the department. Another thirteen men were arrested for allegedly trying to solicit undercover deputies for sex acts. Those men were booked at the Century Regional Detention Facility. Another man, 70-year-old Robert King, was identified by authorities after he was arrested on a felony warrant for sex crimes against children according to Hall. 


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