Two suspects were arrested in Columbia as part of a nationwide crackdown on child sex trafficking.
Federal and state law enforcement officials say they arrested 150 people in “Operation Cross Country VII,” and rescued more than 100 children involved in sex trafficking in 76 cities.
In Columbia, court documents allege that 21-year-old William Gibson and 20-year-old Andrea Bostic recruited and harbored a 16-year-old girl to conduct prostitution.
Officials say they apprehended Gibson and the teenager at the Quality Inn on Two Notch Road after an undercover agent set up a meeting with the 16-year-old.
She told investigators she was introduced to Gibson as someone who could provide her with shelter, clothing and food if she worked for him.
And Bostic, said to have been a prostitute for at least a couple years, allegedly posted ads online for the teen, who says she already had been involved in prostitution over the weekend and had one customer.
Gibson (pictured) was out on bond for a 2011 murder case where he and his brother were charged with the fatal shooting of a man at the Colony Apartments.