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Woman accused of child sex trafficking

8 months ago August 26, 2014 Aug 26, 2014 Tuesday, August 26 2014 Tuesday, August 26, 2014 12:51:07 PM EDT in News
Source: Associated Press

MARRERO - The state Attorney General's office said Tuesday that a Marrero woman faces charges of trafficking children for sexual purposes in Louisiana.

Authorities arrested Candice Caulfield, 38, for multiple human trafficking and prostitution charges. Investigators said she also went by the alias Candy Perrin.

Attorney General Buddy Caldwell said state and federal agencies started investigating Caulfield after they got a tip from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children. Law enforcement searched Caulfield's residence before arresting her Friday. The AG's office said the joint investigation involved their Cyber Crime Unit, Homeland Security Investigations and the Jefferson Parish Sheriff's Office.

"It's important for people to know that child sex trafficking is not just something that happens in other countries or something you see in the movies," Caldwell said Tuesday. "It's real, and, despite having some of the toughest human trafficking laws in the nation, it exists right here in Louisiana."

If convicted as charged, Caulfield faces a combined total of more than 200 years in prison.

Anyone with information regarding this investigation or other incidents of child sex trafficking should contact the Louisiana Attorney General's Cyber Crime Unit at 1-800-256-4506. Suspected cases of human trafficking can also be reported to local and state law enforcement agencies, or the National Human Trafficking Hotline at 888-373-7888.

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