Eleven people have been arrested by the Washington State Police in an overnight human trafficking sting at an undisclosed truck stop location in Pierce County.
The undercover bust which lasted for four hours, tagged “Operation Human Freight”, happened on Wednesday last week, February 28, in northern Pierce County along the I-5 corridor.
Police said they received lots of complaints about prostitution at the truck stop location and immediately set up a base and looked to identify both victims and suspects. After almost four hours, eleven people were arrested on charges ranging from promoting prostitution, DUI, suspicion of loitering, possession with intent to sell, soliciting prostitution, and felony escape DOC warrant.
The operation came to a close after four hours because prostitution was so much at the truck stop that they ran out of manpower, according to the police. “Even with the resources we had and the motivation, we were just overwhelmed, inundated,” said WSP Lieutenant James Mjor. (https://cdllife.com)
Food, water, and access to services during the operation were given to 10 women who were either prostitutes or human trafficking victims.
Many agencies were part of the sting operation, including the Lakewood Police Department, the Fife Police Department, the Seattle Police Department, the West Sound Narcotics Task Force, and the Naval Criminal Investigative Service.
The exact location of the truck stop where the sting took place has been withheld by the Washington State Police because they plan to go back and make more arrests. Related sting operations are expected to be carried out throughout the state.