- Associated Press - Friday, March 11, 2016

CRANSTON, R.I. (AP) - Seventeen people have been arrested in Cranston in a crackdown on human trafficking.

Cranston Police Chief Michael Winquist says a team that included federal, state and local officials conducted the operations on Monday and Friday.

They targeted human traffickers, specifically those whose victims are children.

Fourteen men were charged with procurement of sexual conduct for a fee, and one of those for resisting arrest.

One man was charged with pandering. A woman was charged with prostitution and human trafficking of a girl who is 16 years old. Another man was taken into custody on a bench warrant.

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