WICHITA, Kan. - Eight people were arrested as part of a human trafficking investigation in Wichita.
Police had been working with the FBI and Homeland Security Investigations on a series of proactive enforcement efforts in Wichita. These efforts involved stings, and lead to multiple arrests across the city.
Four people were arrested at a hotel at Kellogg and Webb. Two 26-year-old women, and an 18-year-old woman were arrested for promoting sexual relations. A 48-year-old man with them was arrested for warrants. Police say these people had come from Salina.
A 25-year-old man and 20-year-old woman were arrested at 29th and Maize. These people had a 15-year-old girl with them, who turned out to be a runaway from a small town. She was taken into protective custody and gave police information on a home where human trafficking and drug deals were happening. This was the home SWAT responded to in the 2400 block of South St. Clair, Friday morning.
An explosive was used to enter the home because the front door was barricaded. A 37-year-old man was arrested for rape, human trafficking, and drug charges. The man's 19-year-old son was arrested on a firearms charge. No trafficking victims were found in the home.
Police say this is still an active investigation.
In an effort to fight human trafficking in Wichita, police are asking you to call them if you see any suspicious activity. Even if it turns out to be nothing, police say they would rather check on a situation to make sure nothing is going on.