JoCo Sheriff Deputies Help Combat Human Trafficking in Oak Grove
Johnson County Sheriff's Deputies were part of a multi agency operation to combat human trafficking in Oak Grove. The operation was spearheaded by the Oak Grove Police Department, the Missouri State Highway Patrol and the Missouri Attorney General’s Office Human Trafficking Task Force. According to a statement from the Oak Grove Police Department.
During the operation ten females were contacted and offered victim services including onsite medical attention, food, lodging, counseling and drug rehabilitation. Three children under the age of five were taken into protective custody and released to the Missouri Department of Social Services.
Five adult males were contacted and detained as part of the investigation. The task force is not releasing any more details since the investigation is ongoing.
In their press release the Oak Grove Police Department says, "Human Trafficking continues to be a problem in Missouri and across the United States and law enforcement in Oak Grove and around the state continue to take it seriously. If you have information or suspect human trafficking in your area, please call the National Human Trafficking Hotline at 888-373-8888."
The following agencies participated in this operation to combat human trafficking: Jackson County Sheriff's Office, Kansas City Police Department, FBI, Department of Homeland Security, The IRS and the U.S. Marshal's Office. Additionally victim advocates from the RISE coalition, Relentless Pursuit and Central Missouri Human Trafficking Coalition participated as well.