KANSAS CITY, Mo. — A sex trafficking investigation in Oak Grove, Missouri, last week resulted in a handful of arrests, the police department said Tuesday afternoon.
Five men were detained as part of the operation, which was conducted by the Oak Grove Police Department, Missouri State Highway Patrol and the Missouri Attorney General’s Office Human Trafficking Task Force.
In addition, authorities offered victim services to 10 women, which included food, lodging and medical treatment, and three children under 5 years old were taken into protective custody. Those children were released to the Missouri Department of Social Services.
In a news release, Oak Grove police said further details could not be released because of the ongoing investigation.
“…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,” the police department said in the release.
The operation in Oak Grove, which was conducted Friday, also included investigators from several other law enforcement agencies and victim advocates.
Anyone with information on the investigation or who suspects human trafficking in their area should call the National Human Trafficking Hotline at 888-373-8888.