Second “Operation Human Freight” Leads to the Arrest of Suspects for Promoting Prostitution In Lewis County
April 19, 2018
(LEWIS COUNTY, WA.) – The Washington State Patrol (WSP), in partnership with the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office arrested ten people during “Operation Human Freight,” earlier this week.
This is the second WSP law enforcement operation this year. In a statement released Wednesday the WSP said that during the one day operation on Tuesday April 17, undercover detectives rescued people caught up in human trafficking and prostitution.
During the afternoon of April 17th, detectives set-up operations at a Lewis County Truck Stop, located along Interstate 5. The location was chosen because it’s a high-traffic area. Officers were searching for both suspects promoting prostitution and victims of human trafficking.
Within six hours, officers found five women who appeared to be victims of prostitution and probable victims of human trafficking, said the statement.
The goal of the operation was to rescue young girls caught up in the cycle of prostitution and human trafficking.
During the six hour operation, detectives arrested individuals for the following crimes:
· Promoting prostitution 2nd degree
· Local warrants for arrest
· Uniform possession of a controlled substance (UPCS), Methamphetamine
Detectives will continue their investigations into these crimes which could result in additional arrests and criminal charges, said the statement. The operation was the second of its kind in the state.