A Kenyan, Bruce Ngatia Gikunju is among 18 people that were arrested following a prostitution sting in Coweta County, Georgia, Atlanta in the U.S.
The two-day operation was carried out at a local hotel by Coweta County Sheriff’s Office in collaboration with the Homeland Security Human Trafficking and Child Exploitation Group, the Newnan Police Department Vice Unit, Troup County Sheriff’s Office, Fayetteville Police Department, among other agencies.
Two Day Operation
The Coweta County Sheriffs Office in Cooperation with other local law enforcement agencies conducted a two day operation which led to the arrest of the 18 people.
Analysts with the sheriff’s office used social media to identify several suspected advertisements for prostitution, The Newnan Times-Herald reported.
Lt. Edwin Rivera from the sheriff’s office said investigators then made multiple phone, video calls, and text messages to confirm commitments for the exchange of sexual acts for cash.
He added that crucial information was obtained during the operation to help detectives in investigating suspected human trafficking offense.
“Although we didn’t get a direct outcry, there were indications they were victims of human trafficking and offered the appropriate resources,” he said.
“Our sole goal is attempting to locate victims of human trafficking. In order to do that, we have to arrest women who are advertising as escorts, and reverse that with undercover officers posing as prostitutes to get the John’s to come in.”
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