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Sheriff’s Office rescues victim of trafficking in Lynnwood sting operation

Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office detectives rescued an adult female trafficking victim during a joint Federal Bureau of Investigation sting operation on Thursday, May 4, 2017.

By Shari Ireton, Director of Communications, Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office.

The Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office Special Investigations Unit assisted the Federal Bureau of Investigation and several other law enforcement agencies in investigating in a prostitution sting operation on Thursday, May 4, 2017. One of the 30 search warrants was served at a Lynnwood brothel. 

Special Investigations Unit detectives, with assistance from the Snohomish County Violent Offender Task Force, made entry into the facility and located an adult female, a victim of trafficking.

A sheriff’s deputy and FBI agent interviewed the victim and offered her victim assistance.  The location had been the subject of multiple complaints. No arrests were made at the Lynnwood location.

According to U.S. Attorney Annette L. Hayes, “Six people are under arrest and law enforcement served court authorized search warrants at more than 30 locations as part of an investigation into an organized crime ring involved with prostitution.”

“I’m proud of our agency’s involvement and the work by Sheriff’s Office detectives in helping take down this prostitution ring. These are difficult cases, requiring countless hours of investigative work and planning,” said Sheriff Ty Trenary.

“Human trafficking is essentially a form of modern-day slavery and I won’t tolerate the victimization of women in Snohomish County.”