Major Human Trafficking Ring Busted

| October 30, 2015


MOULTRIE — United States Attorney Michael J. Moore’s office announced arrests related to a major human trafficking ring.

Reports state 38 people were charged with conspiracy to transport a person in interstate commerce for prostitution.  Six of those charged were also charged with conspiracy to participate in sex trafficking of a minor.  Of the 38 charged, nine remain at large.

Six of those charged had connections to South Georgia.  Juan Gomez, 52 of Hartsfield, Jose Laines, 59, Galdino Benitez, 57,  Carmen Pecina, 42, Uvaldo Perez, 37, and John McLeod,, 33, all of Moultrie, were arrested.

Moore’s office stated authorities arrested 29 in total in eight different states as part of Operation Safe Haven.

The operation began in Moultrie, according to reports, and discovered the loosely affiliated organization coordinating the movement of Hispanic females throughout the Southeast.


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