A multi-state human trafficking operation yielded 47 rescued persons and over 100 arrests, according to Missouri’s Attorney General Eric Schmitt.

The operation was called Operation United Front and was led by Missouri. It included the participation of 12 states.

More than 40 of the victims reportedly needed some type of medical attention. At least two of the victims were minors.

“Using both buyer-centric and victim-centric ‘sting’ human trafficking operations,” Schmitt said in a statement, “Missouri and participating states were able to rescue 47 victims and sex workers, and provide needed medical services to 41, and arrested 102 across the country in connection with human trafficking.


“Operation United Front was an unprecedented human trafficking operation that brought together law enforcement agencies from different jurisdictions—something that rarely happens. When we all come together, we can affect change and more effectively fight human trafficking, a crime that is often multi-jurisdictional in nature.”

A breakdown of those rescued and arrested follows:

Missouri: four victims rescued; two arrests made.

Illinois: one victim rescued; three arrests made.

Iowa: 11 arrests made; large amount of currency seized.

Kentucky: 21 adult victims rescued; two minor victims rescued; 46 arrests made.

Minnesota: eight victims rescued; three arrests made.

Nebraska: seven arrests made.

North Dakota: six victims rescued; three arrests made.

Oklahoma: one victim rescued; seven arrests made.

Tennessee: four arrests made.

Texas: four victims rescued; two arrests made.

Wisconsin: five arrests made.

South Dakota: nine arrests made.

This piece was written by Leah Anaya on August 29, 2021. It originally appeared in ThinBlueLineTV.com and is used by permission.

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