LSP searching for human trafficking suspect
POSTED: Tuesday, April 15, 2014 - 12:04pm
UPDATED: Tuesday, April 15, 2014 - 4:05pm
BATON ROUGE (NBC33) — As part of ongoing multi-agency operations targeting prostitution and online solicitation throughout the state, investigators from the Louisiana State Police Special Victims Unit are seeking the public’s assistance locating Emmanuel Bailey (B/M age 21) of Fort Smith, Arkansas wanted on charges of Human Trafficking.
Investigators identified Bailey as a suspect and alleged pimp following an undercover prostitution sting conducted during March of 2014 in the Baton Rouge area. During the operation, law enforcement representatives from Louisiana State Police, East Baton Rouge Sheriff’s Office, Homeland Security Investigations, and the Louisiana Attorney General’s Office utilized online solicitations to arrange dates at a local hotel. As a result, detectives made contact with an adult female subject who arranged to engage in sexual acts for payment. Upon being placed under arrest, the female subject stated to investigators she was being forced to engage in prostitution under threat of physical harm and repercussions to her family. The female victim continued to provide information to investigators and identified Bailey as her alleged pimp.
An arrest warrant for Bailey was subsequently obtained with law enforcement actively working to locate his whereabouts. Anyone with information regarding the location of Emmanuel Bailey and/or information regarding the sexual exploitation or trafficking of victims is urged to contact their local law enforcement agency.
“For as long as those individuals choosing to promote, solicit, and engage in sex crimes remain a threat to the safety of our citizens and visitors, Louisiana State Police will remain vigilant,” said Colonel Mike Edmonson, Louisiana State Police Superintendent. “LSP will continue to investigate and partner with local, state, and federal law enforcement agencies to bring these criminals to justice.”
"Trafficking and the exploitation of individuals is a worldwide phenomenon requiring an urgent and effective response," East Baton Rouge Sheriff Sid Gautreaux said. "We will continue to work with our partners to develop procedures and processes aimed at identifying and responding to the victims of human trafficking and measures to tackle the issue. We will seek out the exploiters and bring them to justice."
The LSP Special Victims Unit (SVU), comprised of State Police Troopers who work in partnership with local, state, and Federal law enforcement agencies, was created to combat child exploitation and investigate child and adult sex trafficking as well as labor trafficking across Louisiana. The LSP SVU - Baton Rouge Field Office is comprised of Troopers and East Baton Rouge Sheriff’s Deputies.
The public plays an integral role in identifying suspects accused of these crimes and is strongly urged to report criminal or suspicious activity. The Louisiana State Police on-line reporting system is available to the public through a convenient and secure reporting form that is submitted to the appropriate investigators. Citizens can access the form by visiting www.lsp.org and clicking the Suspicious Activity link.