The Washington State Patrol collaborated with various agencies to carry out a prostitution sting operation at an undisclosed truck stop area in Lewis County.
The six-hour operation, named “Operation Human Freight”, commenced on Tuesday afternoon at a high traffic truck stop area off of I-5 close to the Centralia and Chehalis region, as indicated by Lewis County officials. Police have declined to reveal the exact area in light of the progressing nature of the operation.
Ten people were arrested during the operation on suspicion of second-degree promoting prostitution, local warrants for arrest, and methamphetamine possession. Undercover agents were likewise able to identify five ladies believed to be forced prostitution or human trafficking victims. FBI personnel were on scene to offer support services for the victims.
Undercover agents supposedly contacted the two suspects and victims online and agreed to meet them at the truck stop area.
The investigation is ongoing and that more charges could follow, according to authorities.
Lewis County Sheriff Rob Snaza says that “This fruitful task to affect human trafficking in our group is a case of the immense working organizations among law implementation in our general vicinity. This task permitted us the capacity to connect and offer help and assets to casualties, and consider the individuals who encourage these violations responsible for their activities.” (www.cdllife.com)
Various agencies took part in Operation Human Freight, including the Lewis County Sheriff’s Department, Homeland Security, the Lewis County Prosecutor’s Office, the Centralia Police Department, the Joint Narcotics Enforcement Team, and the Lakewood Police Department.
This is the second undercover prostitution sting to be conducted at Washington State truck stops lately. On February 28, eleven people were arrested during a four-hour operation at an undisclosed truck stop area in Pierce County.