A recent operation undertaken by Homeland Security Investigations has resulted in the arrest of 82 people, with 31 being rescued from the massive human trafficking operation.
Of the 31 victims rescued, 17 were adults and 14 were children, with the youngest child being just four-years-old.
The operation took place from June 17-26, 2021 in Wichita, Independence, and Kansas City, Missouri, according to a statement from James Wright, the Homeland Security Investigations Deputy Special Agent in Charge in Kansas City, who was joined by Heartland Anti-Trafficking Rescue Taskforce partners from across the region.
The 82 people arrested will reportedly be charged with "crimes related to soliciting prostitution, commercial sex trafficking, sodomy, narcotics violations, felony assault on a police officer, sex offender registry violations and outstanding warrants," according to the news release.
Names of those charged have not been released, pending said charges.
The successful results come from a major multi-agency operation, which included teams from HSI Kansas City, HSI Wichita, Wichita Police Department, the Kansas Bureau of Investigation, Kansas Highway Patrol, Health and Human Services, United States Marshal’s Service, Platte County Sheriff’s Office, Independence Police Department, Jackson County Sheriff’s Department, Missouri State Highway Patrol, the Bourbon County Sheriff’s Office, and the Hutchinson Police Department, according to the news release.