Arizona police arrest 37 in child sex trafficking operation

PHOENIX — Authorities in Arizona on Friday announced the arrests of 37 people in connection with large-scale child sex crimes and human trafficking operations.

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The multi-agency sting, called “Operation Broken Hearts,” caught men and women between the ages of 21 and 66, KSAZ reported. Many of those arrested live in the Phoenix area.

The Phoenix, Mesa, Chandler and Tempe police departments partnered with Homeland Security and the Arizona Attorney General’s Office, KNXV reported.

The Phoenix Police Department recently partnered with the City of Mesa Police Department, Tempe Police Department,...

Posted by Phoenix Police Department on Friday, February 19, 2021

“Throughout the operational period, officers and undercover detectives placed ads on websites and apps which are commonly sought out by suspects seeking illegal sex acts with children,” the Phoenix Police Department said in a statement.

Those arrested are accused of soliciting and/or brokering deals for various sex acts, KNXV reported.