Last Wednesday night, April 29th, Arkansas State Troopers and civilian investigators of the State Police Crimes Against Children Division found and rescued a fifteen-year-old girl who had been sexually exploited while being held in a human trafficking operation.
The arrest of Amber Johnson, 28, of North Little Rock, at a south Little Rock motel has led to a larger human trafficking operation. The investigation identified a second teenager who was the victim of human trafficking and sexual exploitation at locations in eastern Arkansas.
Colonel Bill Bryant, Director of the Arkansas State Police, said:
The credit goes to the State Troopers who initially had little to work with; only allegations of a runaway child somewhere in Arkansas being held against her will at an unknown location. The troopers reached out to others in this department who possess specialized training and together they devoted themselves to rescue a child lost in the vicious world of human traffickers.
The State Police Highway Patrol Division, Criminal Investigation Division and civilian investigators of the Crimes Against Children Division are working closely with the FBI and the U.S. Attorney relating to the Little Rock arrest.
State Troopers and CACD investigators also recovered two children, ages two and three, who had been kept in the Little Rock motel room with the teenage girl.
“Arkansas should be proud of the outstanding response by the Arkansas State Police on this case,” stated David T. Resch, Special Agent in Charge of the Little Rock FBI Field Office.