Human Trafficking Sting Nets More Than A Dozen Arrests

Posted at 3:23 PM, Aug 01, 2015
and last updated 2015-09-07 17:22:56-04

JACKSON, Tenn. (AP) -- State investigators said more than a dozen people were arrested on charges related to sex trafficking during a sting in West Tennessee.

Those with the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation said the multi-day sting in Jackson in July resulted in arrests on charges including sexual exploitation of a minor. With help from the Jackson Police Department and the Madison County Sheriff's Office, agents also identified several young women who may be human trafficking victims.

Governor Bill Haslam in May signed a law giving TBI original jurisdiction over human trafficking investigations. The state Legislature also approved funding for four special agents who investigate human trafficking cases and train law enforcement statewide.

TBI officials said they have been conducting similar investigations in other parts of the state in an effort being called "Operation Someone Like Me." 

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