Lafayette woman arrested for human trafficking of juvenile family members
POSTED: Thursday, July 25, 2013 - 3:46pm
UPDATED: Thursday, July 25, 2013 - 6:54pm
LAFAYETTE, LA — A Lafayette woman is in jail facing aggravated rape charges as well as child sex trafficking charges following a two week long State Police Investigation.
“These cases continue to disturb me,” said Colonel Mike Edmonson, State Police Superintendent. “While the last child sex trafficking case and this one are separate, I am encouraged by the fact that these victims came forward because of the coverage our last arrest received. We want anyone who has been a victim to step forward and let us help you so that you do not have to live in fear anymore. Our commitment to keeping Louisiana and all of its citizens safe remains our top priority.”
About two weeks ago, Detectives in the Lafayette Field Office received a complaint which indicated that Lorrie Anderson, 48, of Lafayette was engaging in sexual activity with more than one child relative. During their investigation, Detectives learned that on more than one occasion Anderson brought at least one child to a location in Lafayette Parish for the purpose of financial gain through child sexual acts. The children involved in the investigation were both under the age of 16 when the crimes took place.
Based on all of the information gathered during the investigation, an arrest warrant for Anderson was obtained. She was arrested on Wednesday, July 24 at her home in Lafayette without incident. Anderson was booked into the Lafayette Parish Correctional Center for trafficking of children for sexual purposes, aggravated incest and aggravated rape.
This case remains under investigation and additional arrests are possible. The children are now in a safe environment.
If convicted of human trafficking, Anderson could be fined up to $75,000.00 and be sentenced to 50 years in prison. If she is also convicted of aggravated rape Anderson could face capital punishment. If you or someone you know has been the victim of child sexual acts you are urged to call State Police at (337) 262-3341 or your local law enforcement agency.