3 arrests in sex work ring across Nevada, California, Texas

California law enforcement officials announce what they believe to be one of the largest human trafficking cases in the western United States during a news conference in in Los Angeles Thursday

Quinton Brown, Gerald Turner and Mia McNeil are accused of coercing girls and young women online, turning them into sex slaves.

The rescue began with a missing persons report in Tulare County in late 2016.

"Years ago, a human trafficking case of this magnitude was not likely", Los Angeles County Sheriff Jim McDonnell said in a news conference in downtown.

"Deputies found the missing girl".

The six-month investigation by the Tulare County Sheriff's Department, Los Angeles Sheriff's Department, Los Angeles Regional Human Trafficking Task Force, and the California Department of Justice, has led to two arrests so far. There were 13 female victims, and eight of them were juveniles, McDonnell said. Thirteen victims were rescued, the majority being between 15 and 17 years old.

Two human trafficking suspects are in custody in Tulare County jails following a 6-month joint investigation into a human trafficking ring in collaboration with the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department and the California Attorney General's Office.

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Officials said the suspects often used social media to contact victims and lure them away from their homes. "In the end, the number of victims is staggering".

"Law enforcement agents throughout the state work tirelessly every day to ensure that Californians are safe from exploitation and do not become victims of human trafficking", said Becerra.

Turner is facing six felony counts human trafficking on minors and pimping and pandering, Becerra said.

Authorities say McNeil has not yet been apprehended. McNeil also was responsible for securing the luxury sports cars used to transport the girls, which she bought using credit information stolen eight victims of identity theft across the U.S., McDonnell said. The cars were allegedly used to take the girls from place to place up and down the state.

Three suspects are collectively facing more than four dozen felony charges in connection with an alleged sex-trafficking ring that stretched across the state and into Las Vegas, law enforcement officials announced Thursday. The Tulare County Sheriff Mike Boudreaux had this strong warning for parents when it comes to your children's internet usage: "Be vigilant".

Although Attorney General Becerra mentioned the case against Backpage.com his office is now prosecuting, it was not clear where on the internet the girls had been advertised.

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