Crime

Sex traffic sting nets 14 prostitution charges in Thurston County

A week-long child sex trafficking enforcement action by the FBI included the Olympia and Lacey police departments, the Thurston County Sheriff’s Office and Washington State Patrol, according to a news release from Olympia Police Department.

Operation Cross Country VIII has been conducted by the FBI eight times in the last 12 years.

On Thursday June 19, undercover law enforcement personnel in the Thurston County area arranged to meet potential prostitutes through social internet sites such as backpage.com.

After determining that the 11 suspects, who were all women, were engaged in prostitution, they were arrested, according to the news release. The women were offered food, clothing and counseling. Law enforcement also arrested three suspects for promoting prostitution. All were charged with misdemeanors.

The Thurston County operation found no adults involved in sex trafficking and did not find any children. The nationwide operation recovered 168 children and arrested 221 pimps over the one-week period.

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