21 arrested in undercover human trafficking sting in Spartanburg Co.


RADAR AND THE LIGHTNING YOUR AREA. WE’LL TALK ABOUT THE WEATHER COMING UP IN A FEW MINUTES. Amy: THANKS. FORMER COUNTY DEPUTIES AND AGENTS OF HOMELAND SECURITY ARREST 2D 1 PEOPLE THEY SAY ARE LINKED TO HUMAN TRAFFICKING. SHERIFF CHUCK WHITE SAID ONE OF THE RESTED WAS FOUND WITH A SMALL BABY. STEPHANIE BORMAN HAS THE VEHICLES. Reporter: SOME VICTIMS AREN’T COOPERATING WITH LAW ENFORCEMENT AND THAT IS MAKING IT DIFFICULT TO TRACK THEM WITH MORE THAN JUST PROSTITUTION BUT THEM FAILING TO RECOGNIZE THEY ARE VICTIMS IS PART OF THE PROBLEM. DURING A TWO-DAY STING INVESTIGATORS SEIZED DRUGS, WEAPONS AND STOLEN CREDIT CARDS. ALSO THEY SAY THEY HAVE IDENTIFIED 13 PEOPLE SUSPECTED OF BEING INVOLVED IN HUMAN TRAFFICKING AND NINE POTENTIAL VICTIMS. THERE’S AN OPERATION WITHIN THE KNOWN TRAFFICKING RING. AGENT MICHAEL SAYS THE FIRST STING OF THE OPERATION WAS TO CONTACT THE VICTIM AND HELP HIM OUT OF HUMAN TRAFFICKING. UNDERCOVER AGENTS ARRANGED IT MEET WITH THE WOMEN AND PRETENDED TO PAY FOR SEX. THEY COME IN. WE SET UP OUR DEAL FOR SEXUAL SERVICES AND WE LITERALLY BRING THEM IN, AND SPEAK TO THEM ABOUT WHAT THEIR SITUATION. IS THE MAIN GOAL IS TO OFFER THEM SERVICES TO GET OUT OF THIS. Reporter: MICHAEL SAYS ALL THE VICTIMS HAD DRUG ADDICTION, A HUGE INDICATOR OF HUMAN TRAFFICKING ACCORDING TO EXPERTS. IF YOUR TRAFFICKER IS YOUR NEXT HIT OF HEROIN OBVIOUSLY YOU’RE NOT GOING TO LEAVE HIM BUT ALSO A WAY TO CONTROL BECAUSE IF THEY CAN PUT THEM ON DRUGS THEY WILL BE MORE AGREEABLE AND DOING THE WORK THEY WANT THEM TO DO. Reporter: INVESTIGATORS SAY THEY ARRESTED THE PEOPLE WHO DROVE THE VICTIMS TO THE MEETINGS INCLUDING A MOTHER DETECTIVES SAY BROUGHT THEIR BABY ALONG. SHE COMES TO THE I GUESS THE STING WITH HER 10-MONTH-OLD IN THE CAR WITH HER TO TURN A TRICK. Reporter: INVESTIGATORS SAY THE SECOND PHASE OF THE OPERATION WAS TO CATCH PEOPLE SUSPECTED OF SOLICITING SEX. THEY JUST POSTED ADS ON DIFFERENT WEBSITES. THEY ARRESTED SIX MEN OF SOLICITATION OF PROSTITUTION. I THINK IT’S REALLY IMPORTANT WE CONTINUE HAVING THESE THINGS FOR BUYERS BECAUSE THE REALITY IS IT’S A SUPPLY AND DEMAND, AND IF PEOPLE WEREN’T BUYING THESE SERVICES WE WOULDN’T BE SEEING THIS INCREASE IN HUMAN TRAFFICKING. Reporter: EXPERTS SAY CALLING LAW ENFORCEMENT IS THE FIRST STEP TO TAKE IF YOU BELIEVE YOU OR SOMEONE YOU KNOW MAY BE A VICTIM OF HUMAN TRAFFICKING. YOU COULD ALSO CALL THE NATIONAL HOT LINE AT 1-888-373-7888. I’LL POST THAT NUMBER ONLINE AT wspa.com ALONG WITH OTHER RESOURCES. Gord: STEPHANIE THANK YOU. WE ASKED WHERE THE ADS WERE THAT LED TO THE STING OPERATIONS. THEY HAVE NOT RELEASED THAT INFORMATION AT THIS TIME.

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