17 ARRESTED BY OUR PARTNERS IN MESA, ARIZONA
PRESS RELEASE | MESA PD
The Mesa Police Department recently partnered with the Tempe Police Department, Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) and the Attorney General’s Office for Operation No Mulligans, an undercover operation targeting the demand for child sex crimes and human trafficking. Throughout the operational period, officers and undercover detectives placed ads on websites commonly sought out by suspects seeking illegal sex acts. The suspects solicited and/or brokered deals for various sex acts and were subsequently arrested.
The Mesa Police Department routinely conducts operations of this type in a continuous effort to reduce the demand that fuels child and human sex trafficking from our community. The suspects in this operation ranged in age from 23 to 46 years old.
The Mesa Police Department partners with organizations and survivor advocates to assist victims who have been exploited or trafficked. If you have information about someone being trafficked, contact your local police department or the National Human Trafficking Hotline at (888) 373-7888. Their website is https://humantraffickinghotline.org/.
Our partnership with the Hickey Family Foundation and Operation Underground Railroad (OUR) was crucial to the success of this investigation. This operation was conducted during the 2019 National John Suppression Initiative. For more information about human exploitation and trafficking and how to help, please visit mesaaz.gov