A multi-state operation to tackle the problem of human trafficking has ended in more than a hundred arrests. Missouri’s top officials arrested 102 people in the rescue of 47 victims, two of which are minors.
Authorities said the months long investigation ended on Friday morning as part of a 12-state effort to crackdown on human trafficking. Missouri Attorney Gen. Eric Schmitt announced the operation couldn’t have succeeded without the help from local, state and federal agencies from all of the 12 states involved.
Undercover law enforcement posed as victims to identify buyers and traffickers, while state and local agencies arranged meetings with potential victims. “When we all come together, we can affect change and more effectively fight human trafficking, a crime that often is multi-jurisdictional in nature,” said Schmitt.