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Fitch leads human trafficking operation on Mississippi Gulf Coast

Attorney General Lynn Fitch, on Monday, July 24, announced the completion of a four-day human trafficking training for 28 law enforcement officers from across the state. The training included a human trafficking operation where five victims were rescued and multiple leads were uncovered that may result in future arrests and additional victims being recovered.

“I am grateful these 28 officers stepped up to participate in our specialized training,” said Fitch, “and that their agencies made this commitment to be a part of the solution to end human trafficking in Mississippi. Their courage, dedication and skill has already led to victims being recovered and criminal operations disrupted. With their continued efforts, I am confident we can stop this heinous crime and help victims become survivors.”

Since launching Be the Solution, Fitch’s office has trained 317 officers from across the state. The Attorney General’s human trafficking team has led multi-jurisdictional operations that have led to the rescue of 237 victims and 66 arrests, as well as countless leads in the effort to disrupt and stop trafficking operations in Mississippi.

Officers from the following agencies were part of the training and operation:

186th Security Forces Squadron (Military Police)

Baldwyn Police Department

Biloxi Police Department

Columbia Police Department

Forrest General Hospital

Hattiesburg Police Department

Hinds County Sheriff’s Office

Jackson County Sheriff’s Office

Jones County Sheriff’s Office

Lamar County School District

Lamar County Sheriff’s Office

Lowndes County Sheriff’s Office

Marion County Sheriff’s Office

Meridian Police Department

Mississippi Board of Massage Therapy

Mississippi Department of Corrections

Mississippi Gaming Commission

Pike County Sheriff’s Office

Webster County Sheriff’s Office

The Federal Bureau of Investigations and Homeland Security Investigations also joined this Attorney General’s Office-led operation.

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