Operation United Front human trafficking sting leads to Bowling Green arrests
BOWLING GREEN, Ky. (WBKO) - On Wednesday morning, Governor Andy Beshear held a press briefing regarding a ‘successful’ human trafficking operation in the commonwealth.
In 2019, Kentucky ranked ninth for new criminal human trafficking cases, officials said.
The sting, called ‘Operation United Front’ which took place between August 26 - August 29, involved 12 states and lead to arrests taking place in Bowling Green. The overall operation in Kentucky rescued 21 victims (two of them minors) and made 46 arrests total.
“Of the 12 states that participated Kentucky saved the highest number of victims and made the most arrests. This means our children, our families, and all Kentuckians are a little bit safer, and that we have fought for and will continue to fight for a little bit of extra justice,” explained Beshear.
In Bowling Green, Christopher Terry of Mississippi allegedly tried to arrange victims for sex trafficking. According to an arrest citation, Terry had paid $200 to meet with the victim. He was arrested by undercover officers with help from a victim. Officers confiscated $3,000 cash, a semi-automatic handgun and three cell phones.
In a separate situation, Bowling Green Police assisted federal agents during an investigation into multiple massage parlors. Officers executed a search warrant at JM Spa on Scottsville Road and arrested Xuehua Wu who was charged with prostitution and practicing massage therapy without a license. That investigation is ongoing.
Kentucky State Police say there was a total of five victims assisted in Bowling Green, specifically.
“There are parents who can sleep better tonight, knowing that some predator is not trying to exploit their child,” said Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron (R-KY).
Meanwhile, state officials continue to plead with the commonwealth to speak up if you see anything like this in your community.
“We need your help. Earlier this year, we launched -- ‘your eyes save lives’ -- a statewide human trafficking initiative to mobilize Kentuckians to recognize human trafficking in our communities,” said Cameron.
Visit YourEyesSaveLives.Ky.Gov to report anything suspicious in your community.
The Bowling Green case and an investigation into another Bowling Green massage parlor is ongoing.
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