Virginia Beach, Va. – Five people in Virginia Beach who were among 153 accused pimps busted in the FBI’s Nationwide human trafficking operation were all denied bond.
Three juveniles in Hampton Roads, ages 16-17, were rescued and officials say there are actually a dozen pimps arrested across several cities including Chesapeake, Hampton, Norfolk and Virginia Beach.
About 149 underage trafficking victims were rescued across the country. The youngest victim was 12-years-old, three of them were transgender minors and three were males.
On Monday, Virginia Beach Police say they arrested five people at the Virginia Beach Econo Lodge on Northampton Blvd. including Tajaika R. Blackston, Shade A. Castro, Cordario M. Uzzle, Keith D. Threat and Darryl T. Threat.
They have all been charged with sex trafficking with the intent to receive money, receiving money from the earnings of a minor prostitute and racketeering.
Blackston, Castro and the Threats were also charged with aiding prostitution. Three of the accused are also facing maintaining a bawdy place charges.
NewsChannel 3 reporter Nadeen Yanes was in court on Wednesday gathering more details about the case.
She says the five people arrested were accused of pimping at several Virginia Beach hotels, including a location on Newtown Road and the Econo Lodge where they were all arrested.