Human Trafficking Enforcement in Wichita

Ted Woodward
August 27, 2018 - 2:08 pm

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Late last week, several federal and local law enforcement agencies teamed up for human trafficking enforcement effort throughout Wichita, resulting in multiple arrests.

Police Capt. Brent Allred says one of the victims was a 15-year-old girl, who gave authorities extremely valuable information about suspects in a house in Wichita on S. St. Clair, where human trafficking and drug activity was happening.

The people inside had fortified the front door with metal and a wooden bar; Wichita police summoned its Explosive Ordnance Disposal Team would be needed to help make entry into the house. The SWAT Team was also dispatched.

Early Friday morning after a search warrant was obtained, an explosive charge was set off at the house so that law enforcement could go inside. At that scene, they arrested a 37-year-old man, who was booked into jail for five counts of rape and aggravated human trafficking, and he man's 19-year-old son was also booked for a charge of human trafficking.

Capt. Allred says people were taken into custody at multiple locations, but that doesn't necessarily mean those sites are hubs of illegal activities. He said, "Because you see there's a hotel involved, that doesn't mean human trafficking's going on at that hotel. I don't want people in the community to think, 'yeah, there's human trafficking going on at this hotel.' It's us working with these businesses that help us set up these proactive enforcements. If we can't use hotels in certain locations, we can't do these proactive enforcements.

 

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