Former President Donald Trump had an “incredible impact” on the fight against sex trafficking during his tenure, according to the founder of SHAREtogether, an organization that funds anti-sex trafficking operations.
Before Trump, “we’ve never had an office in the White House designated and dedicated to fighting sex trafficking,” Jaco Booyens said. “No former president in the history of this country has used his or her platform to denounce the exploitation of children and then appropriate funding.”
“So we’ve seen an incredible impact over the years, over the last four years, particularly towards the support for law enforcement,” he said in an interview on NTD.
Booyens also discussed the sex trafficking bust in Riverside County, California, which ran from Jan. 24 to 28.
As part of Operation Reclaim and Rebuild, the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department said officers arrested 64 people and rescued two women from prostitution, according to a statement.
“It’s a big orchestration, to execute a sting or a bust, like what we’ve just seen in California, and it takes months and months of planning and funding,” Booyens said. “And that’s why it’s very important for both local and federal, local, state, and federal government to support the fight against sex trafficking, because you cannot do it on your own.”
The Trump administration helped train police officers for sting operations, and it facilitated relationships between the justice system and police departments so that sting operations could result in successful prosecutions.
“We’ve seen a tremendous rise in the apprehension, the arrest of perpetrators and rescue of victims under the Trump administration, no question about it,” Booyens said. “In these cases that you’re seeing now such as California, and you’ll see some others coming out now, they’ve been 9, 10 months in the making under the Trump administration—in that mechanism of funding law enforcement appropriately, having special task forces.”
Although Trump’s successes will continue in the short-term, it is unclear whether the Biden regime will return to the status quo.
“Whether those policies and systems that were put in place, whether they will remain or not, we don’t know,” Booyens said.