Local law-enforcement agencies made 24 arrests during a six-day period as part of an undercover operation targeting child sex crimes.
Mesa Police Department joined with Tempe, Gilbert and Chandler police departments as well as the Attorney General’s Office to conduct the operation, Mesa police officials announced Tuesday in a news release.
“Officers and undercover detectives placed ads on websites commonly sought out by suspects seeking illegal sex acts,” the release said.
Officials say the suspects, who ranged from 21 to 80 years old, were arrested after being suspected of soliciting and/or brokering deals for various sex acts.
A list of the suspects’ names and charges can be viewed here.
“Crimes involving children are of the highest priority and I appreciate our partnership with all the agencies involved in the successful removal of these dangerous child predators from our community,” said Ramon Batista, chief of police for the Mesa Police Department, in the news release.
Mesa Police Department said it conducts similar operations every year to reduce the demand for child and human sex trafficking in the area.
Officials urge anyone with information about someone being trafficked to contact their local police department or the National Human Trafficking Hotline at 888-373-7888 or humantraffickinghotline.org.