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20 arrested in Chattanooga in prostitution sting operation

Being accused of a crime can be a difficult time for any defendant; however, some alleged crimes could be more emotionally taxing for suspects to deal with. Accusations of a sex crime could greatly impact the personal and professional life of the accused. Additionally, if he or she is convicted of the crime, requirements such as registering as a sex offender might be implemented. This could harm the defendant's career, family and social life. Because of this, it is important to take a timely and aggressive approach when initiating a defense.

Following an undercover prostitution sting operation, authorities arrested 20 people in Chattanooga for sex trafficking. These individuals were either apprehended or cited for crimes related to human trafficking. A few of the suspects were charged with additional criminal charges.

The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation and the Chattanooga police worked together on "Operation Someone Like Me," which focuses on uncovering those involved in trafficking women and forcing them into prostitution. The most recent sting aimed at uncovering those involved and rescuing those forced into prostitution.

Those arrested for sex crimes involving or revolving around sex trafficking or prostitution could carry very severe penalties. Depending on the evidence against the accused, he or she could endure hefty fines and prison time. Defendants should understand the evidence against them so he or she could question their reliability. Suppressing evidence could help a defendant reduce or dismiss the charges against him or her.

Those facing sex crimes should understand their rights to a legal defense. Seeking guidance could help inform the defendant of his or her options, ensuring an appropriate legal defense approach is taken. This could help protect the rights and interests of the defendant.

Source:, "20 people busted in undercover prostitution sting in Chattanooga," Erik Avanier, Oct. 16, 2015

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