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Tucson Police find no evidence abandoned south side camp linked to child sex trafficking

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UPDATE: According to Tucson Police, all members of the group Veterans On Patrol peacefully vacated private property along the Santa Cruz River Sunday night where they claimed an abandoned camp was being used for child sex trafficking.

Officers will remain in the area and will continue to investigate.

TUCSON - A group called Veterans On Patrol believes a remote area off of I-19 and Valencia Rd. is a Child Sex Trafficking camp. 

"I don't understand how this was underneath our nose, yet right in front of our face completely," Tucsonan Christina Alvarado said. 

However, Tucson Police strongly dispute this.

TPD investigators have been to the site multiple times, with detectives and officers. According to Sgt. Pete Dugan with TPD, it appears to be nothing more than an abandoned camp. 

Police say they appreciate public awareness and the calls to their office, but they investigated and there does not appear to be any signs of human or sex trafficking.

Police say they are continuing to investigate. They also tell News 4 Tucson, anyone on that private property is trespassing. The department has yet to make an arrest. 

"Anybody that walks through that site will clearly know that's sex trafficking," Veterans On Patrol spokeswoman Addie Rivera said. "That's children and women being abused. 
They have not been out here to collect any evidence and we have them in our possession." 

News 4 Tucson asked to see the evidence. We were told it's being stored in a private area and that the evidence has not been turned over to police. 

Sgt. Dugan said officers have been patrolling the site and it's putting great strain on the department's resources.

As these individuals make their case, an upside down flag signaling a distress call waves in this sliver of the Sonoran Desert.   

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