SOUTHAVEN, Miss. -- Operation Cross Country helped rescue dozens of children across the nation. While no children were rescued here in Mississippi, WREG has learned 27 individuals were arrested on prostitution charges.
While no children were rescued here in Mississippi, WREG has learned 27 individuals were arrested on prostitution charges.
Twelve of those were arrested in Southaven over the weekend.
Among those charged were a father and his daughter.
Police said Andrew Obrien help facilitate prostitution for his , Chelsea.
On Tuesday, WREG caught up with a woman claiming to be 22-year-old Chelsea Obrien`s mother. She didn't even know the pair had been arrested.
Through a window the woman shook her head continuously in disbelief as WREG's Troy Washington explained the charges the pair faced. 53-year-old Andrew was accused of promoting prostitution while his daughter was charged with prostitution.
Others WREG spoke to were shocked by the news.
"That is totally ridiculous, I am a father. I have 6 girls, 3 boys, to hear something like that, a father pimping his daughter, shows you how drastic things have gotten," said Willie Randle.
"People wouldn`t expect that down here but it happens. I`m not shocked as it`s going on a lot of places. It's undercover but now it's being exposed," said Larry Stephenson.
The operation worked as a joint effort between the state and the FBI. Southaven police prepared for weeks before busting their dozen.
"They are putting out the ads and we are answering them, and obviously when they come in, a lot of things take place before they are taken into custody," said Lt. Mark Little.
This time no one underage was caught in the sting. Those arrested ranged in age from 19 to 53, but police want the message to ring loud and clear, they`re keep an eye on trafficking.
"If it saves one person from being in this situation, I think we`ve done some good."