The Tarrant County Sheriff’s Department arrested 13 men between Sept. 18 and Sept. 20 on charges of online solicitation of a minor.
The operation focused on people who believed they were talking online with children under the age of 17, according to a Tarrant County sheriff’s press release.
The men arrested were intending to meet with children for sexual intercourse and talking with them in a sexually explicit way, police said.
All the men arrested were charged with online solicitation of a minor. Warrants were being obtained for an additional seven people, according to the press release.
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The arrests were the result of a joint operation between Tarrant County’s human trafficking unit, the county’s constable’s office precinct 3, the Fort Worth Police Department and the Texas Department of Public Safety.
Since the creation of the county’s human trafficking unit in March 2017, there have been 121 arrests, the press release said. Of those, 29 were in connection with online solicitation of a minor and 9 arrests were in connection with human trafficking.
“In Tarrant County, we have a zero tolerance for predators coming after our children. We will always be vigorously alert and watching for them,” Sheriff Bill Waybourn stated in the press release.