A massive operation involving multiple law enforcement agencies resulted in the recovery of nearly three dozen missing children, including several who had been sexually exploited, authorities said.
One person suspected of human trafficking was arrested on state charges, the Federal Bureau of Investigation said Friday in a press release.
"Operation Lost Angels" began on Jan. 11 during Human Trafficking Awareness Month.
The FBI said 33 children were rescued, including eight who were being sexually exploited at the time of recovery.
Several of the other victims had been sexually exploited in the past and were "considered vulnerable missing children," according to authorities.
Federal investigators worked with the Los Angeles Police Department, the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department and two dozen other law enforcement agencies.
“Human trafficking is a pervasive and insidious crime that threatens the safety of our young people, who are the future of our communities,” said Michel Moore, chief of the Los Angeles Police Department. »