Suspect arrested in FBI human trafficking sting

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SALT LAKE CITY, Utah (ABC4 Utah) A 27-year-old man was caught in Salt Lake City during a nation-wide sting by the FBI last weekend.

Police accuse Roger Jessop of exploiting and controlling at least one woman involved in prostitution.      

Operation Cross Country XI is an operation organized by the FBI to crack down on child exploitation.  

“These situations are serious and we want to get people safe,” Salt Lake City Police Detective Richard Chipping said.

Across the US, local and federal law enforcement targeted human traffickers October 13-15. Similar to what Denver agents did in newly-released video, Salt Lake Police officers searched online ads offering sex for money. 

“A lot of the work, where we are out there trying to find the activity is being done online. It is where they are doing their advertising so that is where we do our work,” Federal Bureau of Investigation Special Agent in Charge Daniel Brady said. 

On Friday, a suspected  prostitute who met up with an undercover officer at a Salt Lake City hotel led agents to 28-year-old Roger Jessop. He was arrested for suspicion of third degree felony exploitation of a prostitute and several drug charges Friday. 

“Roger was identified as the pimp or the person who was controlling the prostitutes,” Detective Chipping said.

Brady said Jessop is among 120 suspected traffickers picked up during the three-day operation. 

Seven women involved in prostitution during the sting in Utah were offered help through community services.

“We want the victims, the girls who are stuck in this horrible lifestyle to know there are options out there,” Brady said.

While no minors were recovered Utah, the operation netted 84 children across the country, including a 5-year-old and a 3-month-old in Denver.

Alongside hundreds of law enforcement partners in the US, coordinated operations also included canada, the United Kingdom, Thailand, Cambodia and the Philippines.

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