12 People are Charged in a Four State Sex Ring

states for human trafficing bustProsecutors charged 12 people on Thursday with running a sex trafficking and prostitution ring across four Southern states.

Authorities say that the suspects lured unsuspecting female immigrants to the United States; and then threatened them with deportation unless they became prostitutes.

The operation spanned Georgia, Florida and North and South Carolina, said Edward J. Tarver, the United States attorney in Savannah.

Federal agents on Wednesday were able to rescue 11 of the women who were victims of the operation.

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