47 People Rescued in 12-State Human Trafficking Sting

September 10, 2021

The Missouri Attorney General’s office announced on Friday that it and law enforcement agencies in 11 other states arrested 102 people in connection with human trafficking crimes and rescued 47 victims and sex workers.

The office said that the multi-state human trafficking bust, called Operation United Front, took place Thursday night into Friday morning.

The Missouri Attorney General’s office said that each state “conducted its own operation simultaneously” while sharing information with Missouri law enforcement officials.

“Prior to the operation, Missouri offered training and information about how to best conduct these operations to participating states,” the office said in a statement.

The other states that participated in the operation were Illinois, Iowa, Kentucky, Minnesota, Nebraska, North Dakota, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas and Wisconsin.

“Operation United Front was an unprecedented human trafficking operation that brought together law enforcement agencies from different jurisdictions—something that rarely happens,” Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt said Friday.

Read the full story by Xander Landen on Newsweek.

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