Mississippi Attorney General is helping local communities crack down on crime and her office worked with local law enforcement to conduct seven trafficking investigations over the past ten days.
In total, investigators encountered 49 potential victims; made 13 arrests for crimes including human trafficking, promoting prostitution and statutory rape; and uncovered multiple leads that may mean additional arrests and victim recoveries in the future
“I witnessed the outstanding work of these law enforcement officers and victim advocates in action,” said Attorney General Lynn Fitch. “Their professionalism, skill, and true compassion for the victims they encounter is inspiring.” Operations were conducted between Nov. 1 and Nov. 10 in Southaven, Starkville, Jackson, Meridian, Hattiesburg, and Jackson and Harrison Counties.
Attorney General’s Office investigators and prosecutors teamed up with law enforcement from:
• Forrest Co. Sheriff’s Office
• Harrison Co. Sheriff’s Office
• Jackson Co. Sheriff’s Office
• Lamar Co. Sheriff’s Office
• Lauderdale Co, Sheriff’s Office
• Biloxi Police Dept.
• Columbia Police Dept.
• Madison Police Dept.
• Meridian Police Dept.
• Pearl Police Dept.
• Southaven Police Dept.
• Starkville Police Dept.
• Mississippi Bureau of Investigation
• Mississippi Bureau of Narcotics
• Mississippi Dept. of Corrections
• Mississippi Gaming Commission
• U.S. Dept. of Homeland Security
• Federal Bureau of Investigation
•Drug Enforcement Administration
Agencies from Clarksdale and Coahoma County were not involved in this investigation.
“This is about helping people. It is about achieving justice. And it is about ensuring Mississippi parents can rest easy at night knowing their children are safe,” said Fitch. “We will continue to work with our partners in federal, state, and local law enforcement to make it clear to traffickers that Mississippi’s daughters and sons are off-limits.”
These investigations are continuing and could lead to more arrests
Citizens who want to report suspected human trafficking can call in their tips to 1-888-373-7888 or text INFO to 233733.