JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- (10/11/17) Missouri Attorney General Josh Hawley today announced the next step in the prosecution of 15 defendants, including six massage parlors, in their alleged involvement in human trafficking activity in Springfield, Missouri. At a hearing on Friday, Greene County Judge Michael Cordonnier gave a verbal order granting a preliminary injunction barring these businesses from engaging in prostitution activities. Eight law enforcement officers testified and presented evidence gathered during raids conducted in July, during the hearing.
“This order sends a clear message: human trafficking and those who engage in this crime have no place in Missouri,” Hawley said. “I promised to fight human trafficking—and that’s exactly what I am doing.”
In July, Attorney General Hawley and attorneys from the Greene County Prosecutor’s Office brought a temporary restraining order (TRO) against massage parlors that were raided as part of a major crackdown against suspected human trafficking.
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