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Police arrest six men in an undercover operation targeting child sex crimes

PHOENIX (KYMA, KECY) - Mesa police arrested six men in an alleged child sex undercover investigation.

Police said Operation Leather Mitt is an operation targeting the demand for child sex crimes and human trafficking. Officers place ads on websites commonly searched by suspects seeking illegal sex acts.

Once suspects solicit or make deals for sex acts, they're arrested.

The Mesa Police Department routinely conducts this operation to reduce the demand for child and human trafficking for the community.

Police arrested men from ages 21 to 56 years old.

If you have information about someone being trafficked, contact your local police department or the National Human Trafficking Hotline at (888) 373-7888.

Or click here for more information.

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Mercedes Martinez joined the KSWT team as anchor/producer in October 2020. You can catch her on 13 On Your Side at 4:00pm.

Mercedes was born in San Diego and raised in the border-town of Calexico, California. She is an Imperial Valley native and definitely no stranger to Yuma county.

Mercedes began her journalism career at San Jose State University as she was a part of their campus newscast that aired every Friday, joined “El Espartano Noticias,” and was an on-air talent for the San Jose Film Festival in 2017. Her highlight during that time was the opportunity to interview actress, Jane Lynch.

Mercedes then continued her journey to CSU Sacramento and received her B.A in Journalism and minor in Communication Studies. She did an internship with Telemundo in Sacramento, which allowed her to gain experience and build relationships.

Mercedes believes that everyone has a story and should use their voice to tell it and inspire others.

Outside of work, Mercedes spends time with her friends and family. She is passionate about cooking, baking, traveling, playing guitar and writing songs.


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