Another Human Trafficking Operation ends with Five Arrests in Tennessee

Mar 09, 2021 at 06:30 am by WGNS


Another Human Trafficking case has closed with several arrests in Tennessee. The undercover operation headed by the TBI Human Trafficking Unit, resulted in the arrest of men seeking illicit sex from minors.

The two-day undercover operation began on March 5th and was aimed at individuals seeking commercial sex acts with minors. 

As a result of the operation, Agents and officers arrested five men and booked them into the Obion County Jail:

Lewis R. Harris (DOB: 12/20/68), Memphis:  Trafficking for Commercial Sex Act (2 counts), Contributing to the Delinquency of a Minor (2 counts)

Kevin L. Jackson (DOB: 6/15/89), Paducah, KY:  Trafficking for Commercial Sex Act (2 counts)
Abraham M. Labastida (DOB: 10/2/92), Murray, KY:  Trafficking for Commercial Sex Act (2 counts)

Shannon L. Palmer (DOB: 9/6/76), Union City:  Trafficking for Commercial Sex Act (2 counts)

Eddie R. Robbins (DOB: 12/19/66), Paris:  Trafficking for Commercial Sex Act (2 counts), Introduction of Contraband into a Penal Institution, Possession with the Intent to Manufacture, Deliver or Sell Schedule VI

- Bond is set at $10,000 for each of the men. 

The Tennessee Human Trafficking Task Force is led by the TBI Human Trafficking Unit and includes members of the Obion County Sheriff’s Office, Jackson Police Department, Tipton County Sheriff’s Office, Cocke County Sheriff’s Office, Cookeville Police Department, Cumberland County Sheriff’s Office, Franklin County Sheriff’s Office, Henry County Sheriff’s Office, Sparta Police Department, Spring Hill Police Department, and Williamson County Sheriff’s Office.

Information about human trafficking and TBI’s efforts to address this type of crime can be found online at www.ItHasToStop.com.

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