71 people were arrested in a north Louisiana bust targeting
prostitution and human trafficking. The sweep took place from March 20th-23rd. Authorities have
released the names, with ages ranging from 68 years-old to a juvenile.
Shreveport Police Corporal Angie Willhite says the charges involve a wide range
of criminal behavior.
“They were arrested mostly for soliciting for prostitutes. They were also arrested for pandering, promoting prostitution, drugs, and weapons arrests.”
The operation, named “Slick John” arrested people from seven different states as far away as Nebraska. Willhite says the sting involved officers from the FBI, Caddo-Shreveport Narcotics Task Force, Louisiana ATC, and the Greenwood Police Department.
“They were made throughout Shreveport, Caddo Parish, and Bossier. As you can see, it was very successful.”
Willhite says the bust was part of the ongoing effort to fight human trafficking in the bayou.
“Their overall objective is to try to address human trafficking, now through this operation we did not recover any victims of trafficking, but we know that those victims are often found in those places.