3 Plead Guilty in Columbia Sex Trafficking Ring

4:41 PM, Jan 23, 2014   |    comments
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Andrea Bostic (left), William Gibson (Image: Richland County Detention Center)

Columbia, SC (WLTX) - Three people have pleaded guilty for their role in a sex trafficking ring that operated in Columbia.

U.S. Attorney Bill Nettles said that William Jerome Gibson, Andrea Bostic, and Thomas Tyrell Summers, all from Columbia entered pleas on a federal sex trafficking charge.

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Back in late July, prosecutors say law enforcement discovered an online post for a potential juvenile being offered for sex. Officers contacted the advertisement and set up an meeting at a local hotel.

When they arrived, court documents show they found a 16-year-old girl who'd early been reported as missing. The girl told officers that she'd been working as a prostitute for a few days. Investigators then were able to connect her to the trio of suspects.

Their arrest came as part of a nationwide FBI crackdown on sex trafficking called "Operation Cross Country." During the operation, 150 people were arrested and 105 children were rescued from prostitution.

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