HAMMOND, LA (WVUE) - A human trafficking investigation in Hammond led to several arrests and rescues.
According to the Hammond Police Department, officers identified a woman and a young girl being advertised through a website as part of a sex trafficking operation. They then followed that information to meet their alleged traffickers at a nearby motel.
Once at the motel, officers arrested arrested one suspect outside and the other inside the motel after allegedly negotiating and agreeing to exchange sex acts with the two women for money. Agents also found marijuana on the suspects.
Police also rescued the two victims, who led them to where they were allegedly held in Hammond. Officers executed a search warrant there and at a second residence in Fluker, where they found more marijuana and other items related to Human Trafficking according to Hammond PD.
Both suspects, 37-year-old Romalas Dixon and 30-year-old Emily Perry, were booked into the Tangipahoa Parish Jail. Police say one of the suspects admitted to pimping out the two victims and identified a similar operation in the Metro New Orleans Area. That information was used by police to rescue an unidentified juvenile being forced to perform sex acts for money.
This operation was conducted by the Hammond Street Crimes Unit in conjunction with the Department of Homeland Security Border Enforcement Security Task Force and the High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area program.