Target: San Diego County District Attorney, Bonnie M. Dumanis
Goal: Punish two adults arrested under suspicion of trafficking minors and several young women.
Law enforcement arrested a man and a woman under suspicion of human trafficking in California. The arrests were made after the police were tipped off by a Los Angeles family of a 15-year-old runaway, who they believed had become a victim of human trafficking.
The Los Angeles Regional Human Trafficking Task Force, the FBI’s Innocence Lost Task Force, and the Anaheim police launched an intense three-day investigation, which led to the discovery of the minor. The minor was cooperative with police and helped identify other victims reportedly trafficked by the same criminals who held her captive. According to the young girl, their captors threatened them with violence and used a gun to encourage them to be obedient.
Acting on the information she provided, officers later found the main suspects’ car at hotel in Anaheim, where they arrested both Ariel Guizar and Araceli Mendoza. After searching the hotel room, law enforcement found a gun and two 9-year-old females also believed to be victims of the human trafficking ring.
The prevalence of human trafficking in America and the rest of the world is troubling and needs to be addressed sooner rather than later. Help put a stop to modern day slavery by ensuring that the people responsible for this human trafficking ring receive as heavy a sentence as the law allows. Add your name to the petition to ensure Guizar and Mendoza go away for a long time.
Dear District Attorney Dumanis,
A joint task force comprised of local law enforcement in Anaheim, the LA Human Trafficking Task Force, and the FBI’s Innocence Lost Task Force recently made the arrest of two people suspected of human trafficking crimes in San Diego. The investigation began after local law enforcement received a tip from the family members of a 15-year-old runaway, who believed the young girl had fallen victim of human trafficking.
Following a thorough three-day search, law enforcement found the girl and took her in for questioning. As a result of the details provided in the interview, officers were able to locate other young women suffering the same fate as well as the man and woman responsible for the trafficking.
After many years of operating quietly, human trafficking is finally getting the kind of attention it needs to bring an end to it. However, there needs to be more than just exposure to the issue. Law enforcement and people in greater positions also need to take a stand on behalf of a cause, which affects victims and their families all around the world.
I urge you to ensure that a thorough investigation is done, and that both Ariel Guizar and Araceli Mendoza are kept behind bars for a long time if they are found guilty. Women, children, and the general welfare of families remain threatened as long as this man and woman stay free.
[Your Name Here]
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