State Police say human trafficking due to tourism

State Police say human trafficking due to tourism

BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - Authorities say a man is behind bars  Wednesday night after allegedly selling women for sex.

Emmanuel Baily, 21, of Fort Smith, AR, was booked in East Baton Rouge Parish Prison on human trafficking, drug possession, and fugitive from justice charges Tuesday night.

This is after a multi-agency sting operation was launched back in April. State Police said they arrested a woman who said she was forced to prostitute.

They added that she told them she had been threatened that she and her family would be harmed if she didn't. According to troopers, the woman identified Bailey as her alleged pimp.

Jared Sandifer with State Police said South Louisiana is a place with a human trafficking rating, due in part to the interstate and New Orleans being a popular travel destination.

"New Orleans is a big tourist destination," said Sandifer. "You have a lot of things going on down there. And just the fact that I-10 stretches across Texas and other states, you see a lot of traffic."

Trafficking Hope is an organization that helps women who were involved with prostitution, get back on their feet. Baton Rouge branch spokeswoman Emily-Morrow Chenevert said this latest arrest speaks volumes.

"This is a great example of the community, State Police and the Sheriffs office working together, because everyone realizes it takes all of us," said Chenevert.

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