ALBANY, N.Y. – Albany County Sheriff Craig D. Apple, Sr. says the office made a large arrest as part of a human trafficking investigation.
Even though Apple said some of the women are committing crimes, many of them don’t have the ability to reach out for help. In some cases, it’s out of fear, according to Apple.
“Are some of these people in fact victims? You can’t tell me that they all want to be prostitutes,” he said.
Apple said climbing the ladder to charge those running the ring is nearly impossible leaving police to deal with low-level offenders such as victims themselves.
“We can’t charge them with human trafficking because they are the ones that are being trafficked,” he said.
But police are determined to not give up, so shutting down the four “massage parlors” and getting the ten people off the streets is an important step.
“By far from done,” Apple said. “We’re going to continue to combat it, and it’s not something we want in our county.”