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Child Sex Trafficking Ring Busted in Wichita

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Child Sex Trafficking Ring Busted in Wichita

Wichita police have confirmed seven people have been arrested for sex-related crimes involving the trafficking of children.

The investigation and arrests were the results of a joint partnership of the Sedgwick County Sheriff’s Office, the FBI, and Homeland Investigations. 

Authorities on the case said investigators were in contact with a 15-year-old victim of sex trafficking at 29th and Maize Road, where two people were arrested. Police said the 15-year-old victim was a runaway from Kansas.  They are currently working to reunite her with family.

A 25-year-old man, identified as James Sexton, and a 20-year-old woman, identified as Kelly Holt, were booked into jail.

Sexton was booked for possession of marijuana, possession of narcotics, possession of a firearm by a felon, and aggravated human trafficking.

Holt was booked into jail on aggravated human trafficking.

Capt. Brent Allred, Wichita Police Department said the victim helped with the arrests.

“She provided us information that led us to 2300 block of South St. Clair. She said the house was involved in human trafficking and also drug transactions.” 

Police took four people into custody at that location.

Two of those individuals were booked. Stephen James, Jr., a 36-year-old Wichita man, was arrested on five counts of rape, aggravated human trafficking and unlawful sale of narcotics. Donnell James, his 19-year-old son, was booked on two counts of possession of a firearm by a felon and aggravated human trafficking.

Two other individuals in the home were interviewed but were released.

In 400 block of South Webb Road, three other individuals were also arrested for sex-related crimes, and one was arrested on an outstanding warrant.

The three were a 26-year-old unnamed woman who was arrested and booked on possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of marijuana, and sex trafficking.

An 18-year-old woman from Wichita booked on the sale on sex trafficking. And a 48-year-old male was arrested and booked on an outstanding warrant.

Police urge if you believe someone is a victim of a child sex crime, you should call 911 or the Exploited and Missing Child Unit at 316-660-9478.

Image via: KSN

Report by Pete Andrews for

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