FBI sting frees 82 minors, puts 239 sex traffickers behind bars - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

FBI sting frees 82 minors, puts 239 sex traffickers behind bars

Kendra Jones (SOURCE: Southaven PD) Kendra Jones (SOURCE: Southaven PD)
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Multiple Mid-South areas were hit with law enforcement busts that resulted in dozens of individuals being put behind bars for prostitution and prostitution-related charges.

Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) announced the bureau had partnered with local law enforcement agencies in a national crackdown on juvenile prostitution. The crackdown took place from October 13 to 14.

During Operation Cross Country, conducted by the FBI and local law enforcement partnership, 28 individuals associated with prostitution were arrested in Mississippi.

CLICK HERE to view photos of those arrested in Southaven

The operation was aimed at finding underage victims of prostitution while simultaneously drawing the public's attention to the problem of sex trafficking at home and abroad.

"Five pimps, 22 prostitutes and one person on narcotics charges were arrested [in Mississippi] as a result of Operation Cross Country," according to the FBI press release.

However, nationally the numbers were higher.

FBI said "82 minors were rescued and 239 pimps and their associates were arrested [across the country] as part of Operation Cross Country."

"Operation Cross Country aims to shine a spotlight into the darkest corners of our society that seeks to prey on the most vulnerable of our population," FBI Director James Comey said. "As part of this effort, we are not only looking to root out those who engage in the trafficking of minors, but, through our Office of Victim Assistance, we offer a lifeline to minors to help them escape from a virtual prison no person ever deserves."

Southaven Police Department said 13 of those arrests came as a result of their partnership with the FBI in Operation Cross Country. Those arrested in Southaven are as follows:

Terricia Denise Maxon Female 19 years old Memphis, TN 1 count prostitution
Vonesha Lashay Scott Female 19 years old Memphis, TN 1 count prostitution
Cassie Nicole Rolack Female 34 years old Memphis, TN 1 count prostitution
Chelsea Morgan Obrien Female 22 years old Covington, TN 1 count prostitution
Andrew Lee Obrien  Male 53 years old Covington, TN 1 count prostitution-promoting
Chandra Sims  Female 30 years old Olive Branch, MS 1 count prostitution
Denise L. Cotton Female 21 years old Memphis, TN 1 count prostitution
Deterrius Jones Male 24 years old Memphis, TN 1 count suspended drivers license
Kendra Michelle Jones Female 26 years old Memphis, TN

1 count prostitution; 1 count possession
of controlled substance

Tarvis Williams Male 27 years old Memphis, TN 1 count prostitution-promoting
Royal Stevenson Female 24 years old Memphis, TN 1 count prostitution; 1 count possession
of controlled substance
Dantonio Hogg Male 28 years old Columbia, SC 1 count prostitution
Marcus Franklin   Male 31 years old Memphis, TN 1 count prostitution; 1 count possession
of controlled substance

FBI partnered with Mississippi Bureau of Investigation, Mississippi Attorney General's Office, Mississippi Department of Corrections, Jackson Police Department, Ridgeland Police Department, Madison Police Department, Madison County Sheriff's Office, and Southaven Police Department.

However, Operation Cross Country in Mississippi was not the only bust in the Mid-South that put prostitutes, and those associated with prostitution, behind bars.

CLICK HERE to view photos of Memphis arrests

Dozens of suspected prostitutes were arrested in an undercover sting conducted near Ford Elementary School by Memphis Police Department's Organized Crime Unit.

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