Four Arrested in Ridgeland Prostitution Sting
A joint investigation between the Ridgeland Police Department and the Mississippi Bureau of Investigation’s (MBI) Special Operations Unit resulted in the arrest of four women who have been charged with prostitution. Even though the four individuals arrested are not victims of human trafficking, MBI is partnering with local and other state agencies to address the criminal enterprise of human trafficking, which was the case in the over-night operation with the Ridgeland Police Department.
In an effort to provide investigative information, techniques and strategies to local and state law enforcement agencies, MBI recently brought in experts from the Georgia Bureau of Investigation (GBI) for a training seminar. GBI is widely considered one of the leading agencies in the country dealing with human trafficking. As a result of the seminar, nearly 100 city, county and state law enforcement officers received training in the detection and prosecution criminals who are involved in human trafficking.
The National Human Trafficking Resource Center in Washington D.C. reports eight cases of human trafficking during 2015. FBI statistics show human trafficking in Mississippi has risen 66 percent since 2009. Nationally, human trafficking is a 9.8-billion dollar a year industry and internationally 32-billion dollar annually.
The four women charged were being held in the Madison County Detention Center.