National FBI sex trafficking sweep nabs 1 in Guam

Investigators from multiple agencies enter a room during an Operation Independence Day action in Guam in early July.

An operation in early July led by the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s office in Guam resulted in a federal case against an unidentified 33-year-old man who allegedly trafficked a minor girl to a 48-year-old man in exchange for cash and drugs.

The operation included nearly 20 investigators from the FBI, the Guam Police Department, the U.S. Postal Inspection Service, the Coast Guard Investigative Service, and Homeland Security Investigations.

The Guam operation was part of a monthlong FBI-led operation to identify and arrest sex traffickers and recover child victims across the country.

Dubbed Operation Independence Day, the FBI action relied on more than 400 law enforcement agencies working on FBI Child Exploitation and Human Trafficking Task Forces in each of the bureau’s 56 field offices, including the Guam office under the FBI’s Honolulu office.

Aside from the case against the Guam man, 103 juveniles were identified or recovered and 67 suspected traffickers were arrested. The sweep also resulted in 60 new federal investigations.

The task forces in the recent operation included federal, state, local, and tribal partners, with efforts in every state and some U.S. territories.