7 arrested, 3 victims rescued following Bakersfield-area sex predator sting: CA DOJ | #childpredator | #kidsaftey | #childsaftey

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KGET) — Seven people have been arrested following a sex predator sting in Kern County, according to the California Department of Justice.

Attorney General Rob Bonta’s office announced the arrests Monday following a two-day operation last week in Kern County targeting adults who allegedly sought to pay for sex on websites commonly used by victims of sex trafficking. The adults were communicating with undercover agents posing as minors, a release said.

State officials said three sex trafficking victims were rescued during the operation that ended on Jan. 24.

“Maintaining a strong law enforcement presence in social media dating apps, and physical locations where human trafficking is known to occur is an important element of suppressing human trafficking,” Kern County District Attorney Cynthia Zimmer said in a statement.

The seven suspects were not identified by the Department of Justice, which said they faced charges in Kern County for pimping, human trafficking of a minor for the purpose of committing a felony and meeting with a minor for the purpose of committing a lewd act.

17 News has reached out to the Bakersfield Police Department and the Kern County District Attorney’s Office for more information about the operation and arrests.

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