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 Los Angeles Regional Human Trafficking TaskForce Conducts Sting: Arrest Made


Los Angeles Regional Human Trafficking TaskForce Conducts Sting: Arrest Made

On Tuesday night, August 28, 2018, the Los Angeles Regional Human Trafficking Taskforce conducted an undercover human trafficking operation in the city of Compton. During the operation, Leonte McClay MB/18, was arrested for felony Pandering, after he attempted to recruit an undercover Sheriff’s deputy to work for him as a prostitute. The suspect first contacted his target on the social media site “Instagram” in June of 2018, where he began his attempt to recruit her as a sex worker. An undercover detective, posing as a young girl, responded to McClay’s solicitation to work for him. Tuesday, the suspect again contacted the undercover and arranged a meeting. He had travelled to the Los Angeles area from Las Vegas, Nevada and planned to meet his victim in Compton. When he arrived to the pre-arranged meeting place, he was arrested by task force detectives.

McClay was transported and booked at CRDF and is being held in lieu of $35,000 bail. He will be arraigned at Compton Court on 8-30-18.

Detectives also detained 6 female adult sex workers. They were interviewed by investigators who sought to determine if they were victims of trafficking.

The operation included task force partners from the California Highway Patrol (CHP) and State Parole.
Anyone with information about this incident is encouraged to contact the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department Human Trafficking Bureau at (323) 526-5156. If you prefer to provide information anonymously, you may call "Crime Stoppers" by dialing (800) 222-TIPS (8477), use your smartphone by downloading the “P3 Tips” Mobile APP on Google play or the Apple App Store or by using the website http://lacrimestoppers.org.

The Los Angeles County Sheriff Department’s Human Trafficking Bureau houses the LA Regional Human Trafficking Task Force, the nation’s largest co-located human trafficking task force. The Task Force is a collaboration of federal, state, county and local law enforcement, social service agency and non-government and community-based organizations investigating and serving the needs of commercially exploited adults and minors victimized for the purpose of sex and labor.

The LA Regional Human Trafficking Task Force brings together systems and disciplines to address the victim’s needs through a victim centered, trauma informed approach. The task force employs a regionalized strategy that crosses jurisdictional boundaries to identify and rescue victims while aggressively pursuing traffickers and buyers