29 people in 13 states arrested on sex trafficking charges
MACON, Ga. - Federal authorities have arrested 29 people in 13 cities in eight states on charges related to sex trafficking.
Federal authorities say Operation Safe Haven, led by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, began in Moultrie. Authorities say they identified a loose organization that coordinates the trafficking of Hispanic women in southern states.
Authorities say the traffickers were independent operators who worked together to transport and exploit women for sexual purposes.
The five-count indictment filed in federal court in Macon charges 38 people, 29 of whom were arrested Thursday. Law enforcement officers also rescued 15 potential victims in raids on brothels and homes Thursday.
The arrests, which are the result of a 15-month investigation, were made in the following states: Alabama, Georgia, Florida, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina and Texas.
Desktop NewsClick to open Continuous News in a sidebar that updates in real-time.
First female football player at St. Michael's does double duty
Staffing shortage could affect LSU post-game contraflow plans
Teens allegedly attacked guards with shank while escaping juvenile jail; one still...
News 2 Geaux: New charges for Matthew Mire
News 2 Geaux: Teens escape BR detention center overnight
Fans' Choice Player of the week 6: Central's Glen Cage
Tiger fans frustrated with Coach O after loss in Lexington
Dutchtown running back Dylan Sampson breaks Eddie Lacy's career rushing record
Tackling woes, issues with defense continue to plague LSU in loss to...
LSU loses big to Kentucky, what's next for Tiger football