HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's ICE Homeland Security Investigations arrested 29 people in 13 cities and eight states on Thursday for sex trafficking.
"Operation Safe Haven" targeted a network of illegal brothels trafficking Hispanic females.
Hattiesburg was one of the 13 cities involved in the operation. According to the news release, Hattiesburg was one of the cities targeted for illegal brothels.
The release outlined a five-count indictment filed in U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Georgia where at least one victim identified during the investigation was a juvenile when she was trafficked. Six suspects are charged with conspiracy to participate in the sex trafficking of a minor and 38 suspects are charged with conspiracy to transport a person in interstate commerce for prostitution – nine suspects remain at large after 29 were arrested Thursday.
Anyone who suspects instances of human trafficking is encouraged to call the HSI tip line at 1-866-DHS-2-ICE (866-347-2423) or the Human Trafficking Hotline at 1-888-373-7888. Online tips can be submitted at here.