Orange County is a hotspot for human trafficking. A total of 56 individuals were arrested Feb. 18 for suspicion of running a human trafficking operation in Orange County. 16 victims were recovered from the operations with two being minors. A representative of the Orange County Police Department, who requested to remain anonymous, told the New University in an interview that human trafficking has spiked in the county and the entire nation. “It is the second industry behind drugs,” the representative said. Further intel from the source said that the internet and social media are large factors that have led to the increase of trafficking in OC. The victims mainly consist of underage females, as well as females between the ages of 18 and 25, at most the age of 30.
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