Operation Silent Predator 2020
Operation Silent Predator was an undercover operation targeting the demand for child sex crimes and human trafficking.
The Phoenix Police Department in January 2020 partnered with the Mesa Police Department, Tempe Police Department, Chandler Police Department, Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) and the Attorney General’s Office for Operation Silent Predator.
Throughout the operational period, officers and undercover detectives placed ads on websites and apps which are commonly sought out by suspects seeking illegal sex acts with children.
These 26 suspects solicited and/or brokered deals for various sex acts and were subsequently arrested.
Each year, these agencies come together to conduct operations of this type in a continuous effort to reduce the demand that fuels child and human sex trafficking from our communities. The suspects in the latest operation ranged in age from 21 to 69 years old.