On Friday, authorities reportedly arrested three suspects and rescued eight people — including two babies — during a human trafficking operation in Missouri.
As the Kansas City Star reports, Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt said in a statement that the two operations were carried out at Bucky’s and Love’s Travel Stop, which are both located in St. John. The victims were identified as five women, one man, a 2-year-old, and an infant.
Schmitt said the victims were offered housing, food, on-site medical services, and drug rehabilitation.
Last night, @sjpdinfo, @MSHPTrooperGHQ, the Missouri AG's Office, and multiple other agencies conducted a successful human trafficking operation in St. Joseph, resulting in the rescue of 6 victims and 2 children, and 3 arrests (with another pending.)
— Attorney General Eric Schmitt (@AGEricSchmitt) February 6, 2021
Sixteen agencies reportedly participated in last week’s rescue operation, including the FBI and U.S. Marshals.
Authorities typically do not publicly identify victims of sex trafficking.
Citing Schmitt, the Kansas City Star reported that a fourth arrest is pending.
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[Featured image: Attorney General Eric Schmitt]