Authorities from the Federal Bureau of Investigation announced the arrest of 150 people across the country over the weekend for child sex-trafficking. It isn't clear what states people were arrested in, but officials called this the largest operation of arrests for child sex-trafficking, and said arrests were made in 76 U.S. cities.
Large operations similar to this happen all the time across the country, including in New Jersey for sex crimes. While some of them involve mass arrests for other charges, they are often linked to a large investigation involving many different government agencies working together.
When multiple government agencies are involved and many people are arrested and charged with the same alleged crime, it is important that they are treated fairly. Authorities sometimes make mistakes when investigating a case, and arresting multiple individuals. This can lead to a person not being able to receive a fair trial.
Speaking with an experienced criminal defense attorney might be a wise decision for anyone who is faced with an arrest or charged with a crime such as child sex-trafficking. They can help the person understand their rights and make sure they don't say anything the might lead to their conviction.
When police handle evidence and ask questions of people who they are alleging of a crime, it is important that they follow proper procedures. If they don't a person might be wrongfully convicted because of improperly handled evidence that is altered or because a person says something under intense pressure during questions from authorities. Everyone has a right to a fair trial, and an experienced attorney can help ensure the legal process is conducted fairly.
Source: Reuters, "FBI arrests 150 in three days in sex-trafficking sweep," David Ingram, July 29, 2013