3 arrested in human trafficking operation

CLEARWATER, Fla. (AP) - Authorities say they've arrested three people who were running a human trafficking operation in Pinellas County.

The sheriff's office reports that 38-year-old Kenyatta Cornelous, 47-year-old Edward Jones and 24-year-old Corinna Shaffer were arrested on multiple charges Saturday after a two-month investigation.

Authorities believe it's the first case of domestichuman trafficking in the Tampa Bay-area, possibly in the state.

The sheriff's office reports that the suspects physically and mentally abused the victims and took their identification cards and money.

Investigators believe the victims were forced to work as prostitutes and dancers at Tampa Bay-area clubs.

Authorities aren't saying how many victims there were.

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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