35 people arrested as part of human trafficking sting in Warren

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Posted at 8:24 AM, May 17, 2019
and last updated 2020-01-19 17:39:48-05

WARREN, Mich. (WXYZ) — Warren police have arrested nearly three dozen people as part of a massive human trafficking sting.

According to Warren Police Commissioner Bill Dwyer, they arrested 35 people as part of the first phase of a "major initiative to combat human trafficking in metro Detroit."

Dwyer said of those, 18 were men and 17 were women. In all, they face a range of 75 different charges, 30 of which are felonies and 45 misdemeanors. The felonies include transporting a prostitute, accepting the earnings of a prostitute and keeping a house of prostitution.

Those who have been charged and arraigned were given bonds ranging from $20,000 all the way up to $150,000, according to police.

Police say the first phase of this operation started on May 14 and continued through the early morning hours of May 16 when the inished arresting people. They also receieved significant intelligence which will allow them to identify other victims of human trafficking.

"The most important thing to me is I want people to feel safe when they move to Warren," Warren Mayor Jim Fouts said.

Police say they also seized drugs that include crack cocaine, cocaine, heroin and more.