US Marshals: Teen girls recovered, 30 people arrested through ‘Operation Boo Dat 2021’

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NEW ORLEANS, La. (WJW) – The U.S. Marshals Service announced that a recent sting operation resulted in the recovery of five missing and endangered teenagers and led to 30 arrests.

The operation took place in the New Orleans area from mid-October to Christmas Eve in 2021, authorities say.

According to a press release from Dec. 27, 2021, one of the recovered girls was 16-years-old and found living with several adults.

A 14-year-old was rescued from a motel with a 17-year-old girl and a 15-year-old girl. Investigators believe they may have been sex trafficking victims. The teens told police they were in another motel room with men who left them stranded.

Law enforcement believes another 15-year-old who was found may have been a victim of sex trafficking.

Investigators say she was living with her boyfriend and an adult and was regularly seen leaving the home to meet with adult men.

Two sisters, ages 15 and 16, were also found. Authorities say they may have been the victims of sex crimes.

Some registered sex offenders were arrested during the sweep, according to officials.

Lorenzo Oliver had a warrant in the rape of a 12-year-old girl. He’s believed to be responsible for other sex crimes, police say.

Investigators arrested several other men over suspected sex offender violations, including James Sorrell, who was wanted on a warrant of failing to register for a conviction involving a 7-year-old. The men were among 30 arrested during sex offender compliance checks.

To report tips, the U.S. Marshals Service can be contacted at 504-589-6872.

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