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Prostitution sting nets 7 arrests and 1 juvenile rescue in Homewood

From The Trussville Tribune staff reports

HOMEWOOD — A joint law enforcement operation netted seven arrests, and one juvenile rescue, in a prostitution sting conducted in Homewood.

Police said that on Feb. 5, the Homewood Police Vice/Narcotics unit, in conjunction with Vestavia Hills Police and the FBI, conducted a human trafficking/prostitution operation in the city of Homewood. The operation involved undercover officers responding to social media and internet adds soliciting sexual activity for payment and targeting the Oxmoor Road and Lakeshore Parkway exits off I-65.

The following subjects were arrested and charged:

Kira Brown Tapozada, 23, of Rhode Island – Prostitution

Lauren Michelle Baker, 31, of Jasper – Prostitution

Joanne Karageh, 23, of Rhode Island – Prostitution

Derrick Roberts, 27, of Birmingham- Promoting Prostitution

Rodney White, 23, of Georgia – Promoting Prostitution

Amber Marie Howard, 21, of Bessemer – Prostitution

Nyesha Kilgore, 23, of Birmingham – Prostitution

Law enforcement reported that an additional subject was determined to be a victim of human trafficking. Safe shelter was found for her and a support plan was developed by the FBI’s victim specialists. The investigation into this victim’s circumstances continues.

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