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12 face human trafficking charges in West Tennessee

DYERSBURG, Tenn. (WKRN) – Twelve men face prostitution-related and human trafficking charges after a two-day operation in West Tennessee.

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The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation worked with the Dyersburg Police Department and Homeland Security Investigations during Operation Someone Like Me.

The investigation focused on identifying potential victims of human trafficking, while targeting those attempting to purchase illicit sex.

Over the two-day period, undercover special agents posted three ads online each day. In that time, there were 197 unique contacts made to these ads, and more than 4,000 messages were exchanged between undercover agents and potential johns or traffickers.

A total of 12 men responded to those ads and attempted to purchase sex from a prostitute—10 were given citations and two were physically arrested.

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