A statewide sting operation aimed at human traffickers landed nearly 340 people behind bars in 2019. 22 arrests were made in Santa Barbara County. According to KEYT, Local officials say the efforts to stop human trafficking are always ongoing, but they do face a number of hurdles. Santa Maria Police officials say, More often than not a victim of the crime looks at law enforcement as a threat. Authorities also remind the public that if you see something suspicious call your local law enforcement agency.