Mayor Michael D. Antonovich joined Sheriff Jim McDonnell, along with federal, state and local partners, to dedicate space for the newly formed Los Angeles Regional Human Trafficking Task Force.
“This task force is yet another example of Sheriff McDonnell’s vision and commitment to eradicating human trafficking, which began while he served as Chief of the Long Beach Police Department,” said Antonovich. “The Board of Supervisors is similarly dedicated to addressing and extinguishing this heinous crime. The average age of entry for a victim of child sex trafficking is 12 years old with life expectancy of nine years once they are recruited. The efforts of the Human Trafficking Task Force will provide vulnerable youth with the services and support that they need to accomplish their goals and become future leaders who may find the cure for cancer or educate and inspire youth as teachers – rather than end up as a statistic – homeless, incarcerated or in a cemetery.”
Housed at the Sheriff Sherman Block Building in Monterey Park, the task force will further Sheriff McDonnell’s vision for a collaborative approach to provide victim-centered, trauma-informed services to this vulnerable population while aggressively investigating and prosecuting those responsible for this exploitation. The partners of the task force include: the U.S. Department of Homeland Security; the U.S. Attorney; California Highway Patrol; Los Angeles County District Attorney; Los Angeles County Department of Children and Family Services; Los Angeles County Probation Department; Los Angeles Police Department; and law enforcement agencies from our 46 independent cities. The task force also includes the Coalition to Abolish Slavery and Trafficking (CAST) and the Clergy Council.