Probe launched into suspected labour trafficking involving 11-year-old found at illegal weed grow

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U.S. investigators are looking into whether or not an 11-year-old is the victim of labour trafficking after the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department (SBSD) raided a residence housing an illegal cannabis grow-op and found the juvenile. Members of the SBSD’s Marijuana Enforcement Team (MET) executed a search warrant in Yucca Valley, Calif. at about 9 a.m. on Dec. 22, notes a department statement two days later . Two adults and the 11-year-old boy, a resident of New York State, who were on the premises were detained. “During the investigation, MET deputies found information and conditions causing them concern for the safety and well-being of the juvenile, and requested assistance from the (San Bernardino County’s) Human Trafficking Task Force,” the SBSD reports. Exploited Chinese immigrants were recruited into illicit cannabis operation, report shows OPP tooting its horn over raids of illegal weed production networks to the tune of $143 million Mounties find more than 27 kilograms of cannabis after traffic stop During task force members’ contact with the child, who rarely left the home and had no relatives nearby, it was determined that his grandmother had brought him to the location about three to four months earlier. “He had been left to live with the two adults at the residence, neither of whom was related to him,” police say. Since speaking to the two adults did not help to clarify the “juvenile’s true purpose for being at the residence,” the SBSD reports. “Based upon the totality of circumstances and available information, task force investigators could not rule out the possibility of the juvenile being a victim of labour trafficking.” The child was taken into protective custody and released to social workers. The task force investigation is continuing. Trafficking of migrant farmers to work at cannabis cultivation sites seems to be an…

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