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41 People Arrested in Tennessee Online Human-Trafficking Sting

Agents posed as juveniles in some ads, and 18 of the men paid to have sex with an underage female

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    A three-day operation by special agents with the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation and partner agencies to combat human trafficking in Nashville has resulted in the arrest of 41 individuals on prostitution-related charges.

    A high school teacher, college football player and state IT specialist were among the 41 people arrested as part of a three-day sting to crack down on human trafficking in Nashville, Tennessee.

    Undercover agents posted ads on the classified site Backpage.com to find people who were willing to pay to have sex with juveniles, as part of "Operation Someone Like Me," the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation said. They got 485 responses.

    Agents posed as juveniles in some of the ads, and 18 of the men paid to have sex with an underage female.

    "This is our most significant operation to date," TBI Director Mark Gwyn said.