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Sheriff’s Office Rescues Victim of Trafficking in Sting Operation


CONTACT:  Shari Ireton, Director of Communications,
Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office, 425-388-3377, Media line: 425-249-6263

SNOHOMISH COUNTY, Wash. – The Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office Special Investigations Unit assisted the Federal Bureau of Investigation and several other law enforcement agencies in investigating in a prostitution sting operation yesterday.  One of the 30 search warrants was served at a Lynnwood brothel.  SIU detectives, with assistance from the Snohomish County Violent Offender Task Force, made entry into the facility and located an adult female, a victim of trafficking.  A sheriff’s deputy and FBI agent interviewed the victim and offered her victim assistance.  The location had been the subject of multiple complaints. No arrests were made at the Lynnwood location.

“I’m proud of our agency’s involvement and the work by Sheriff’s Office detectives in helping take down this prostitution ring. These are difficult cases, requiring countless hours of investigative work and planning,” said Sheriff Ty Trenary. “Human trafficking is essentially a form of modern-day slavery and I won’t tolerate the victimization of women in Snohomish County.”