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5 charged following undercover human trafficking operation in Pearl

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The Mississippi Bureau of Investigation conducted an undercover human trafficking operation in Pearl last Thursday which resulted in five arrests.

“The Mississippi Bureau of Investigation is committed to apprehending sex traffickers and sex buyers while helping our most vulnerable,” said Lieutenant Colonel Lee Morrison, Director of MBI. “The dedicated Human Trafficking Unit of MBI continues to plan and execute operations aimed at identifying and separating human trafficking victims, both adults and minors, from their perpetrators.”

The Mississippi Bureau of Narcotics, Mississippi Office of Homeland Security, Clinton Police Department, Columbia Police Department, Monroe County Sheriff’s Office, Newton County Constable’s Office, and the Oxford Police Department also assisted in the operation.

The individuals arrested include:

  • Michael Starks, 50, was charged with Procuring Sexual Servitude of a Minor and Exploitation of a Minor.
  • Kentaveus Woodard, 21, was charged with Procuring Sexual Servitude of a Minor and Exploitation of a Minor.
  • Aramis Clerk, 28, was charged with Procuring Sexual Servitude of a Minor and Exploitation of a Minor.
  • Samual Page, 25, was charged with Procuring Sexual Servitude of a Minor and Exploitation of a Minor.
  • Arthur Jackson, 30, was charged with Procuring Sexual Servitude of a Minor and Exploitation of a Minor.

If you suspect someone is a victim of human trafficking, call the National Human Trafficking Hotline at 1-888-373-7888.

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