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Columbia police arrest 7 in child exploitation, human trafficking sting

COLUMBIA, Miss. (WDAM) – The Columbia Police Department arrested seven people and are investigating others after a weekend child exploitation and human trafficking operation.
Operation Dollhouse was conducted Friday by the CPD’s Major Crimes Division and Crime Suppression Team after weeks of preparation and partnerships with multiple non-government organizations that provided logistics, victim services, a state-of-the-art command center, surveillance, subject matter experts and evidence retrieval.

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Services for trafficking survivors shift amid pandemic

ST. CLOUD — The COVID-19 pandemic hasn’t lessened the need for services for human trafficking victims, but it has changed some of the types of services used and how shelters operate.


Metro man charged in human trafficking sting allegedly held woman, child against their will

Jeffrey Higgins, 48, of Independence, MO, began to post the victim on escort websites against her will and would not allow the victim to have a job and had emptied her bank account.


Farmington man accused of sex trafficking, child pornography

James L. Rodgers, 30, of Farmington, MO, has been charged with one count of sexual trafficking of a child first degree and one count of sexual trafficking of a child second degree. Investigators said Rodgers contacted the children over the internet and the interactions were sexual in nature.


Chesterfield sex offender accused of paying St. Louis County high school athlete $200 for sex

Already a registered sex offender, Jeremy David Rogers, 44, of Chesterfield, MO, was charged today in U.S. District Court in St. Louis with sex trafficking of a child. Rogers paid $200 to a 17-year-old St. Louis County high school athlete for sex. A criminal complaint claims that Rogers reached out to the teen on Snapchat. Rogers pleaded guilty last year to attempted sexual exploitation of a minor in Boone County and was sentenced to five years of probation.


Couple indicted on human trafficking charges related to Bertram residential facility

Gary Wiggins, 49, and Meghann Wiggins, 34 of Burnet County, MO. face human trafficking charges related to a July 2018 investigation. The two knowingly trafficked four boys and made them do forced labor and services. The Burnet County Sheriff’s Office removed eight males ages 10-17 years from the Joshua Home facility. If convicted, they could each face up to 99 years in prison.


Missouri man sentenced for child sexual exploitation

Kansas City, MO – A 24-year-old man, Eh Tah Ger from a small Missouri town has been sentenced to federal prison on charges of taking a 12-year-old victim across state lines for criminal sexual activity. During the time he had the victim, Ger admitted to engaging in intercourse with the child multiple times.


Kansas City, a human trafficking hot spot

Just this last week, 24 people in Independence Missouri were arrested with connections to human trafficking. Kansas City is considered high risk because of the geographical location, central in the United States, and easy highway access in the transportation of human victims.


Posters with resources for human trafficking victims required in Missouri

The posters are required to be placed in or near bathrooms in hotels, airports, train and bus stations, urgent care centers, emergency rooms, strip clubs, women’s health centers, abortion facilities, family planning clinics, truck stops, roadside rest areas and more.


Ex-youth coach accused of sexually exploiting more than 400 boys gets 180-year sentence

Greg Stephen, a prominent of Monticello, Iowa basketball coach was sentenced Thursday to 180 years in prison for soliciting explicit images, capturing secret nude video and photos and inappropriately touching hundreds of boys over the course of almost two decades.