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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Western District of Tennessee

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Three Arrested As Part Of Operation Cross Country

Memphis, TN – Trenton Mitchell, 23; Rodney Armstrong, 22; and Charlisa Wright, 18; have
been charged in a criminal complaint with child prostitution, announced U.S. Attorney Edward
L. Stanton III.

Operation Cross Country was a nationwide law enforcement sweep led by the Federal Bureau of
Investigation targeting child sex-trafficking. According to the complaint filed in the Western
District of Tennessee, the operation involved infiltrating ads listed on backpage.com in the
Memphis metropolitan area. The operation resulted in the recovery of a 14-year-old runaway
who had been missing since June 20, 2013, who was subjected to prostitution and physical abuse
at the hands of the accused.

All three defendants are in custody and awaiting an initial appearance. This case was
investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Assistant U.S. Attorney Debra Ireland is
representing the government.

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The charges and allegations contained in this complaint are merely accusations, and the
defendants are considered innocent unless and until proven guilty.

Updated March 19, 2015