(Greenville News) – The Greenville County Sheriff’s Office has charged 45 suspects in a joint operation tied to child sex crimes and human trafficking in the Upstate.
Investigators posed as 14-year-olds in online chats to lure predators to a home where instead of engaging in sex, they were met with handcuffs.
The sheriff’s office worked with the Greer Police Department, which served as the base of the operation. Other agencies involved included the Spartanburg County Sheriff’s Office, the Mauldin Police Department, the S.C. Attorney General’s Office and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.
The operation took place from Jan. 31 to Feb. 2 and again from Feb. 14 to 16.
Child predators were the main targets, but the operation also went after prostitutes and johns, some of whom are believed to be tied to human trafficking, Sheriff Will Lewis announced during a press conference Thursday.
Out of the 45 arrests, 14 were identified as child predators, 10 were accused of prostitution, 17 were accused of soliciting sex from prostitutes and two were accused of human trafficking. Two more suspects identified