Independence police arrest 24 people in 2-day human trafficking sting

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INDEPENDENCE, Mo. — Two dozen people were arrested last week in a human trafficking sting in Independence, police say.

On April 2-3, Independence police and Homeland Security held an undercover operation to investigate prostitution and human trafficking in the city. Independence police said investigators focused on a hotel at Interstate 70 and Noland Road.

Throughout the two-day sting, they arrested 24 people, located one missing person and rescued four human trafficking victims. Police also recovered two firearms.

Independence police broke down the arrest results as follows:

  • Prostitution: 15
  • Patronizing prostitution: 3
  • Promoting prostitution: 2
  • Felon in possession of a firearm: 1
  • Possession of Illegal drugs/controlled substance: 3
  • Possession of drug paraphernalia: 3
  • Interfering/resisting: 3
  • Aiding in the commission misdemeanor: 3
  • Parties (providing false identification): 1

That’s a total of 34 criminal charges.

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