NEW ORLEANS State Police say a multi-agency operation netted 30 arrests on sex crime charges and the rescued of a juvenile sex trafficking victim over NBA All-Star Game weekend in New Orleans.
Law enforcement groups that included the FBI Violent Crimes Against Children Unit, the New Orleans FBI, the Houston FBI, the Louisiana State Police and the JPSO worked in coordination with the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children.
State Police spokesperson Melissa Matey said 22 women and four men suspected of being pimps were in custody on various prostitution charges. In that part of the operation, a juvenile sex victim was rescued.
The women arrested were found to have traveled to New Orleans from states including California, Florida, Illinois, Missouri, Ohio, Tennessee and Texas for the express purpose of engaging in sex-related crimes.
In addition, investigators logged on to web sites that focused on advertising sexual acts and the online solicitation of minors for sexual encounters. The undercover officers arranged meetings with four male suspects they say were attempting to arrange sexual encounters with juveniles. The four men were placed under arrest.
'While the FBI and its partners never rest in pursuit of those engaged in sex trafficking and online sexual exploitation, we will continue to further heighten our efforts during the many special events held in New Orleans that, unfortunately, trigger spikes in this type of criminal activity,' said Michael Anderson, Special Agent in Charge, FBI New Orleans.'