BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - A Zachary, La. Man is facing human trafficking and prostitution charges, and undercover agents say it happened in an upscale Baton Rouge hotel.
According to police records, a tip from a hotel employee led to the arrest of three people. Jeremine Tate, 32, was charged with human trafficking and contributing to the delinquency of a juvenile. A 16-year-old girl and a 19-year-old woman were charged with prostitution.
Online sites are the communication method of choice for the working girls. Some of this type of activity is moving from mid-ranged motels and hotels to upper scale ones.
"Any hotel that is along the interstate is subject to this sort of activity. We're finding that these women or the men that are pimping them out want easy access to the interstate because they are hopping from city to city. And so we find these prostitutes we arrest are from out of state or out of town," said Casey Hicks with the East Baton Rouge Sheriff's Office.
Hotel employees are trained to look for suspicious activity.
"From what we can tell so far, in all of our investigations and operations, these hotels have been very cooperative with law enforcement because obviously no one wants this sort of activity going on," said Hicks.
East Baton Rouge Parish is considered a hot spot and District Attorney Hillar Moore says there is a concerted effort to stop the human trafficking; especially when it comes to underage kids.
"Our goal is to watch out for these juveniles and take care of them and make sure they are protected from that pimp or that trafficker. We have a system in place it involves FBI, State Police, all local agencies, public defender's office, district attorney's office; in fact we met recently on this issue of how to protect better our juveniles," said Moore.
Both girls told police they were forced to give all of their money to Tate.