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Human Trafficking Task Force

Human trafficking is a form of modern-day slavery that involves the illegal exploitation of the most vulnderable members in our society for purposes of commercial sex and cheap labor. To combat human trafficking, the United States Attorney's Office heads a task force comprised of federal, state and local law enforcement agencies that partners with non-governmental organizations who provide victim-services.

The law enforcement arm of the task force consists of several primary agencies:

  • Federal Bureau of Investigation
  • U.S. Department of Homeland Security InvestigationsHuman_Trafficking_Logo
  • U.S. Department of Labor - Office of the Inspector General
  • U.S. Department of Labor - Division of Wage and Hour
  • U.S. Department of State - Office of Diplomatic Security
  • St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department
  • St. Louis County Police

The victim services arm of the task force is the Rescue Service Team (REST). REST consists of numerous non-governmental organizations that are leaders in the field of providing services to victims of human trafficking. Some of those organizations include, among others:

  • Catholic Charities Southside
  • Healing Action Network
  • International Institute
  • YWCA Sexual Assault Center

The Human Trafficking Task Force is led by the U.S. Attorney's Office Human Trafficking Coordinator Assistant U.S. Attorney Dianna Collins.

If you have a tip regarding possible human trafficking, please call the hotline at 1-888-428-7581.


  • Jamal Brown - Chicago area man indicted on sex trafficking related charges (July 3, 2013)
  • Carl Matthews - Local man pleads guilty to sex trafficking charges (March 15, 2013)
  • Reginald Williams - Area man arrested and charged with transporting a minor for prostitution (August 12, 2014)
  • Leon Pullen - Former Uplands Park police officer sentenced on civil rights violations (January 28, 2011)
  • James Patrick Grady - St. Louis area priest sentenced on federal child pornography charges (June 24, 2010)
  • David P. Hawkey - florissant man sentenced on charges of attempted sex trafficking of children (march 11, 2010)
  • Waquita Wallace - St. Louis woman sentenced on federal sex trafficking charges (July 22, 2009)
  • Brandon Hill - Oklahoma man sentenced for promoting prostitition (January 31, 2008)
  • Darril Gray and John Geiler - To area men sentenced on federal juvenile prostitiution charges (September 14, 2007)
  • Vincent Sansone - Florida man sentenced on conspiracy charges involving an internet escort service (November 16, 2006)
  • Johnnie Evans and Levorn Evans - "Evans Family" members sentenced as part of interstate prosititioun ring (July 19, 2000)
  • Clem Evans - One "Evans Family" member sentenced as part of interstat prostitution ring (July 7, 2000)
  • Derry Evans and Monroe Evans - Two Minneapolis men sentenced as part of interstate prostitution ring (June 6, 2000)
  • Evans Family - Six Minneapolis men sentenced as part of interstate prosititution ring (April 7, 2000)
Updated September 27, 2022