Local Arizona police forces partnered with state and national organizations to fight human trafficking criminals and sexual predators of minors.
According to ABC 15, police forces from Phoenix, Mesa, Tempe and Chandler, as well as the Homeland Security Investigations and the Arizona Attorney General's office collaborated to carry out "Operation Silent Predator."
The operation was able to arrest 27 individuals ages 21 to 69 who had attempted to solicit sexual services from minors. In reality, the solicitors were contacting undercover detectives who were posing as minors who were 14 years old or younger.
The arrested individuals are being prosecuted by the Arizona Attorney General's Office.
Among the individuals arrested were Bryan Carr, Kevin Evangelista, Terrick Ebron and Franklin Omori.
Homeland Security Investigations reminds the public to report child predators, or those suspected of this crime to their toll-free tip line at 1-866-DHS-2-ICE. Alternately, there is an online form for the same purpose.