Connecticut state police rescued four teens in Stamford and arrested nine people while working on an operation to fight child prostitution during the week of the Super Bowl.
The operation was called “Recovered Innocence” and state police said they were providing support to the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s effort in the Tri-State area. The first round of arrests came after authorities in New York said they brought down a ring operating in the Tri-State area that was selling “party packs,” involving cocaine and prostitution and marketing to “high-end” clients coming into the New York metropolitan area for the Super Bowl.
On Jan. 1, state police arrested Tara Pinnock, 23, of Albany, New York, Niaira Campbell, 18, of Taunton, Mass., and Suzette Dubois, of Pomona, N.Y., and charged them with prostitution.
Justin Toribio, 20, of New York, N.Y., and Enrique Batista, 34, of Bronx, N.Y. and charged them with risk of injury to a minor and promoting p.
Police said they rescued three teenage girls, ages 14, 16 and 17. The FBI took the victims to the hospital for evaluation and notified the state Department of Children and Families.
On Feb. 1, police arrested Jessica Morales, 36, of Astoria, N.Y., Whitney Villegas, 19, of Albany, N.Y., Thea Edmonds, 26, of Albany, N.Y., and
Kayla Hazard, 18, of Providence, R.I. and charged them with prostitution.
Police said they rescued a 17-year-old girl.
The FBI brought her to the hospital for evaluation and notified DCF.