Louisiana State Police along with an FBI task force arrested two suspects Wednesday for child trafficking in the French Quarter, according to a State Police press release.
Investigators with the Louisiana State Police Bureau of Investigations and the FBI New Orleans Child Exploitation Task Force rescued a 17-year-old that was being held against her will and forced to perform commercial sexual acts.
The two agencies began working together in December, 2014, and information obtained led investigators to the identity of two individuals.
Kayla Griffin, 21, was arrested and booked for trafficking of children for sexual purposes and intimidating a witness.
Lance Everson, 36, was being held in St. Tammany Parish Jail on unrelated charges and is awaiting extradtion to Orleans Parish on charges of trafficking of children for sexual purposes and pandering.
The investigation is on-going and additional charges may be forthcoming, the press release says.
“Sexual Trafficking of Children will not be tolerated in Louisiana,” said Colonel Mike Edmonson, Louisiana State Police Superintendent. “We will continue to work diligently with our law enforcement partners, faith based organizations, non-governmental organizations and community shelters in order to ensure the safety of our children. I encourage anyone that has information about human or sexual trafficking to come forward and we will investigate all allegations.”