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Three suspects arrested in sex trafficking case have Spokane ties

UPDATED: Wed., Oct. 18, 2017, 11 p.m.

Three suspected sex traffickers with ties to Spokane were arrested last week.

Agents on the Child Exploitation Task Force of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, along with local partners across the state, arrested the three suspects on Oct. 12 and 13 in connection with commercially exploiting children or adults, the FBI said in a news release. The CETF also contacted 32 adult females who were being exploited through prostitution.

The task force worked with local law enforcement in Spokane, Burlington, Everett, Fife, Kent and throughout King, Pierce, Skagit, Snohomish and Spokane counties to locate the three individuals and their victims, who apparently travel throughout Washington. Two suspects were arrested in Kent on Oct. 12 and one was arrested in Burlington on Oct. 13.

The FBI said undercover agents made contact with young women who were offered in online ads for paid sexual services. They met them and interviewed them for information.

All of the victims were offered services, such as job training, housing, counseling and medical and educational assistance for their help, the FBI agents said.


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