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MPD arrests 8 people in sex trafficking sting

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Eight people from the Memphis area were arrested during the seventh "National Day of Johns Arrests" that ran for 12 days from January 23 until February 2. Eight people from the Memphis area were arrested during the seventh "National Day of Johns Arrests" that ran for 12 days from January 23 until February 2.
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(WMC-TV) – Memphis police participated in a nationwide sting operation that led to the arrest of hundreds of "would-be sex buyers" and accused sex traffickers.

Eight people from the Memphis area were arrested during the seventh "National Day of Johns Arrests" that ran for 12 days from January 23 until February 2.

Patti Albright spoke with Action News 5 last week after her neighbors were busted for sex trafficking. The nationwide crackdown was on her mind.

"I think it's terrible," said Albright. "I think the world has come to a very bad place. And it's wrong. It's wrong to traffic anybody at any age.

Kimberly Benson is a human trafficking survivor and victim advocate says it is a problem that is all too common.

"It's all happening right here in your own community, it's not some third world nation. It's not just poor people, it's not just one type of another. It happens to rich or poor, one side of the track or another," said Benson.

According to MPD, the following people were arrested in Memphis for reportedly promoting prostitution, solicitation of a minor to wit aggravated statutory rape or solicitation of a minor to wit statutory rape:

• Marquis Martin, male, 26: charged with Patronizing Prostitution and Solicitation of a Minor to wit Statutory Rape

• James Smith, male, 41: charged with Patronizing Prostitution and Solicitation of a Minor to wit Aggravated Statutory Rape

• Samuel Norris, male, 46: charged with Patronizing Prostitution and Solicitation of a Minor to wit Aggravated Statutory Rape

• Clifton Palmer, male, 33: charged with Patronizing Prostitution and Solicitation of a Minor to wit Aggravated Statutory Rape

• Aaron Branch, male, 25: charged with Patronizing Prostitution and Solicitation of a Minor to wit Aggravated Statutory Rape

• Rickey Warren, male, 50: charged with Patronizing Prostitution and Solicitation of a Minor to wit Aggravated Statutory Rape

• Michael Morgan, male, 44: charged with Patronizing Prostitution and Solicitation of a Minor to wit Aggravated Statutory Rape

• Merly Valle, male, 34: charged with Patronizing Prostitution and Solicitation of a Minor to wit Aggravated Statutory Rape

The nationwide sweep was a national coalition of local law enforcement agencies, consisting of 27 agencies in 15 states.

To see the photos of the eight men arrested in Memphis, click here: www.wmctv.com/slideshow?widgetid=103843&clienttype=generic&mobilecgbypass

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