More than 100 people were arrested in a FBI nationwide human trafficking operation, including people from Bossier City, Bossier Parish and Shreveport.
Operation Cross Country IX lead to the recovery of 149 underage trafficking victims and the arrest of 153 pimps. Of the 149 victims rescued, the youngest was 12-years-old. Three were men, and 3 were transgendered.
There were 90 victim specialists on the scenes for the minors. 105 of the victims received crisis intervention and resources for things like medical needs, food, clothing and shelter.
Due to the size of the operation, the FBI worked with local law enforcement agencies. Some of the agencies included Louisiana State Police, Bossier City Police Department, Bossier City Marshal’s Office, Bossier Sheriff’s Office and Shreveport Police Department.
Representatives from the FBI say they are not releasing the names of those arrested at this time. The Bossier Parish Sheriff’s Office, however, confirms the arrests of six women in connection with the operation on October 9:
Kimberly Walton, 35, of Houston TX, charged with prostitution
Alexandria Fuller, 37, of Frierson, LA, charged with prostitution
Morgan A. Crain, 23, of Shreveport, LA, charged with prostitution, 2nd offense
Cadrea S. Fuller, 21, of Cedar Hill, TX, charged with prostitution and possession of marijuana
Barbara V. London, 23, of Shreveport, LA, charged with prostitution
Aaronika L. Stills, 21, of Shreveport, LA, charged with prostitution
Operation Cross Country is part of the FBI’s Innocence Lost national initiative, which began in 2003. Since the program’s inception, more than 4,800 children have been recovered from underage prostitution and prosecutors have obtained more than 2,000 convictions, including at least 15 that have resulted in life sentences.
Operation Cross Country IX is the largest in the nine-year history of the initiative, with 53 FBI field offices and 73 Child Exploitation Task Forces, which include federal, state and local law enforcement agencies, taking part in the operation in 135 cities across America, including New Orleans, Baton Rouge, and Shreveport. Nationwide, more than 500 law enforcement officials, including investigators and officers from federal, state and local law enforcement organizations, conducted both “in-call” and “out-call” operations in hotels, casinos, truck stops and in other areas known to be frequented by both prostitutes, sex-traffickers, and their customers.
“Human trafficking is a monstrous and devastating crime that steals lives and degrades our nation,” said Attorney General Loretta Lynch. “As a result of the FBI’s outstanding coordination and exemplary efforts alongside state and local partners during Operation Cross Country, more children will sleep safely tonight, and more wrongdoers will face the judgment of our criminal justice system. The Department of Justice will continue to aggressively and persistently fight this heinous crime, and to hold its perpetrators accountable to the fullest extent of the law.”