Human trafficking operation raided in Denton, The Colony
07/22/2014 11:46 PM
07/22/2014 11:47 PM
Authorities have cracked down on a human trafficking operation in Denton County that involved several teenagers, the Denton County Sheriff’s Department reported Tuesday.
Twenty-four people were arrested Thursday and Friday, and other arrests are expected.
Two juveniles were rescued, Sandi Brackeen, a spokeswoman for the Sheriff’s Department, said in a Tuesday news release.
None of those arrested was identified because the investigation is continuing, and no additional information was released.
“We will continue to conduct these operations to protect our children from sexual exploitation,” Denton County Sheriff Will Travis said in the news release.
In Denton and The Colony, officers arrested seven escorts, 14 people described as “johns” and three other people.
Of the 14 “john” suspects, eight entered the United States illegally, authorities said. Three had immigration holds on them for illegal re-entry because of felony criminal records. One has multiple charges in the Denton area, Brackeen said.
A 20-year-old “escort” who was arrested and later released from jail had contacted a victim’s advocate group for help to get out of the business, the news release said.
The operation was conducted by U.S. Homeland Security, The Colony Police Department and the Denton County Sheriff’s Department.
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