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Four arrested on human trafficking charges after year-long investigation

3 weeks 5 days 21 hours ago September 30, 2016 Sep 30, 2016 Friday, September 30 2016 September 30, 2016 4:32 PM in News
Source: WBRZ
Image (left to right): John Cox, Ricky Hale, Clifton Simmons, Tina Wiles

BATON ROUGE – The Louisiana State Police Bureau of Investigations – Special Victims Unit arrested four people following a year-long human trafficking investigation.

In Aug. 2015, State Police rescued a victim where two suspects were arrested, however further investigation lead to four additional suspects being arrested and charged. By working closely with the victim, investigators were able to positively identify the suspects.

According to the victim, the suspects held her against her will and forced her to participate in sexual activity between June and August 2015 in East Baton Rouge and Livingston Parishes.

Louisiana State Police located and arrested the following suspects on human trafficking charges:

- Tina Marie Wiles, 29
- Ricky Hale, 56
- John Cox, 46
- Clifton Simmons, 43

Cox was also charged with drug possession charges and Simmons was charged with aggravated assault.

State Police worked with the East Baton Rouge Sheriff's Office, the Livingston Parish Sheriff's Office and the Louisiana Department of Probation and Parole throughout the course of the investigation.

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