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82 arrested in Mo. human trafficking investigation

A group of foreign women rounded up by police from karaoke bars in Thailand’s southern province of Narathiwat are taken to city hall during a campaign against prostitution and human trafficking involving women and minors on November 9, 2018. (MADAREE TOHLALA/AFP via Getty Images)

OAN Newsroom
UPDATED 1:26 PM PT – Saturday, July 3, 2021

A human trafficking investigation out of Missouri has led to the arrest of 82 people with 31 victims rescued in what officials have called a “massive multi-agency operation.”

According to the Department of Homeland Security, the 10-day operation took place in three different cities across Missouri and concluded earlier this week. Of the 31 people rescued, 17 were adults and 14 were missing children. The youngest victim was only four years old.

@HSI_HQ announced the rescue of 31 victims of human trafficking for sexual exploitation during a recent operation in Kansas and Missouri. Of the total rescues, 14 were missing children. The youngest was a four-year-old child, and 17 others were adults.

— U.S. Marshals (@USMarshalsHQ) July 2, 2021

The suspects arrested face multiple charges, including soliciting prostitution, narcotics violations and felony assault on a police officer. The names of those arrested have not yet been released.

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