10 women freed from human trafficking ring on east coast

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Human trafficking is a growing problem worldwide, and it’s taking place right here in the United States.

Five arrests were made in Massachusetts on Thursday.  The arrests led to 10 women being set free from the bondages of sex slavery.

The North Reading Police Department received tips that led them to a suspected sex trafficking ring in North Reading. According to Police Chief Michael Murphy, “Illicit organizations, like the one dismantled in this case, often try to set up shop for short periods of time, then move on before they are detected. We were fortunate in this case that our detectives were able to develop the information and gain the cooperation of the public to arrest those responsible.”

Traffickers used online advertisements to entice people to come to the North Reading location to have sex with the women for money.

Murphy explained, “In the vast majority of cases, the person at the other end of an online advertisement is the victim of human trafficking, and someone is profiting off of their misery. Often that misery is forced upon them by their traffickers through coercion or even drug addiction.”

The North Reading Police Department partnered with Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey’s Office and the Federal Bureau of Investigation to solve this case, which revealed widespread human trafficking, sex crimes, and a money laundering operation.

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