By Jamie Gardner
On January 17 a federal indictment charged 12 defendants for their roles in an alleged sex trafficking and prostitution ring stretching from Georgia to Florida to North and South Carolina. The federal charges follow a lengthy investigation dubbed “Operation Dark Night,” which was led by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI). In addition to a number of arrests and searches, federal authorities rescued 11 women alleged to have been forced into prostitution.
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