Louisiana State Police arrest alleged human trafficker

June 2, 2015
Louisiana State Police says a multi-agency task force rescued a 17-year-old girl from a human trafficking operation and arrested her alleged pimp.

Trooper Melissa Matey, a State Police spokeswoman, says officers made the arrest Friday.

"Law enforcement officials identified a 17 year old juvenile that was being advertised for sexual purposes," said Matey. "During an interview, detectives determined that the juvenile was being 'pimped' by 26 year-old James Muse of New Orleans, LA.  Muse was located and booked into the Orleans Parish Jail without incident."

"Louisiana State Police has continued to work with our law enforcement partners and each time we combine efforts, we see results," said Colonel Mike Edmonson, Louisiana State Police Superintendent.  "Troopers have been supplementing the New Orleans Police Department in and around the French Quarter and we have seen a decrease in crime.  We will continue to combine efforts because we know it has an enormous effect on the quality of life in our communities."

The task force includes members of Louisiana State Police, New Orleans Police, Kenner Police, and the FBI.