Kansas City, Missouri: Homeland Security Investigations announced the results of Operation Blue Ghost which took place between May 17 and June 2, 2022 and resulted in 32 arrests on Monday.
"I am extremely proud of all the special agents, analysts, and officers whose hard work and dedication made this operation a success," Homeland Security Investigations acting Special Agent in Charge of the Kansas City area of operations R. Sean Fitzgerald said. "Our joint commitment to protecting children has removed these 32 dangers individuals from our streets and hopefully sends a clear message to others looking to harm children."
Between May 17 and 19, Blue Ghost focused attention in the Wichita area and "targeted adults willing to travel for the sexual exploitation of a child." 17 arrests for crimes related to aggravated human trafficking, promoting the sale of sex, and the purchase of commercial sex acts were made as a result of law enforcement's efforts.
From May 31 to June 2, law enforcement's attention was focused on the Kansas City area where an additional 15 arrests were made for "crimes related to travel with intent to engage in illicit sexual conduct, enticement of a minor, sexual trafficking of a child, furnishing phonographic material to minors, sexual exploitation of a minor, promoting prostitution, aggravated human trafficking, sex trafficking, obscenity and morals offenses, attempted statutory sodomy and attempted statutory rape in the second-degree.
Additional offenses related to arrests made in the Kansas City area included felony assault on a law enforcement officer, felony evading and felony property damage.
The names and ages of the individuals arrested were not included in the press release.