BOSSIER CITY, La. (KALB) - Two 18-year-old female victims were rescued after undercover agents helped them escape from forced prostitution. After a joint operation by the Bossier Parish Sheriff's Department and the Bossier Police Narcotics Task Force, six people were arrested for human trafficking.
The two females were transported in a stolen U-Haul truck from Little Rock into Louisiana.
On April 10, an undercover agent and a 19-year-old female had an arrangement at a one-bedroom apartment in Bossier City. The agent overheard noises from the bedroom, finding six others.
Agents interviewed each person, four other females and two males. The two females that were rescued said they had not eaten in 24 hours and were forced into the situation. The other two females refused help.
After more interviews, it was learned that some of the men had transported the women from Arkansas on April 7. A fifth man was allowing his apartment to be used for prostitution.
The following lists those who were arrested and their charges:
Gary Jackson, 23, of Little Rock: human trafficking, pandering, promoting prostitution, money laundering, and racketeering. $170,000 bond.
Keith A. Pruiett, 21, of Little Rock: human trafficking and promoting prostitution. $150,000 bond.
Zaccheaeus Butler, 27, of Little Rock: human trafficking, promoting prostitution, possession of marijuana, and possession of drug paraphernalia. $151,000 bond.
Fletcher L. Berkley, 24, of Little Rock: human trafficking, promoting prostitution, possession of marijuana, and possession of drug paraphernalia. $151,000 bond.
Antwan D. Lay, 18, of Bossier City, charged with letting premises for prostitution. $15,000 bond.
Bailey C. Gibbs, 19, of Little Rock: prostitution. $1,000 bond.