Update: Wichita Arrests for Possible Child Sex Trafficking

Ted Woodward
August 24, 2018 - 2:54 pm

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Seven people have been arrested in a human-trafficking case.

On Thursday night, information provided by a 15-year-old female victim led to the arrests of a 20-year-old woman and a 25-year-old man near 29th & Maize Road in the northwest part of Wichita. The man was booked into jail for possession of marijuana, possession of drugs, possession of a firearm by a felon. Both the woman and man were booked for aggravated human trafficking.

After 7:00 a.m. Friday, law-enforcement agencies converged near Pawnee & Meridian, in the 2400 block of S. St. Clair, after a warrant was served and the police SWAT Team was activated. At that location, four people were taken into custody, and two of them were booked into jail. That included a 37-year-old man booked on five counts of rape, aggravated human trafficking, and unlawful sale of narcotics, and a 19-year-old man booked on two counts of possession of a firearm by a felon, and aggravated human trafficking. The other two people taken into custody from St. Clair were interviewed and released.

The teenage victim who provided authorities with information has been taken into police protective custody.

As part of the investigation, three people were also arrested early Thursday evening near Kellogg & Webb for sex-related crimes, including a pair of 26-year-old women, and an 18-year-old woman; at that location, a 48-year-old man was also arrested on an outstanding arrest warrant.

This investigation involved the Wichita police department, the Sedgwick County sheriff's office, the FBI, and the federal Department of Homeland Security Investigations.

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