Sex trafficking operation leads to six rescued, 13 arrested

JONESBORO, Ark. – Over a dozen arrests were made as part of an operation announced Friday by JPD that targeted sex trafficking.

The Jonesboro Police Department, in partnership with Homeland Security Investigations, executed “Operation S.U.I.T.” (Stopping Underage Illegal Trafficking) this week, which identified underage and adult victims of sex trafficking in Northeast Arkansas.

13 arrests were made. Six victims were rescued.

Several inmates in the Craighead County Detention Center were booked on prostitution charges, the jail’s website showed.

The operation was in support of “2020 Human Trafficking” month to combat what police called a growing problem in our community.

Homeland Security, the Jonesboro Police Department, the Craighead County Sheriff’s Department, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Arkansas State University Police, Hope Found and the Craighead County Health Department all joined forces in executing what was called a highly successful operation resulting in identifying more than 25 victims in our area within the past month.

These important partnerships between local, State and Federal agencies allow us to expand our reach and obtain the maximum criminal penalties in our judicial district.

Due to the ongoing investigation, the identification of those arrested will not be released because of victim safety concerns.

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