TACOMA, Wash. — Prosecutors have charged nine gang members as part of child sexual-exploitation ring centered in Tacoma and Lakewood, the Pierce County prosecutor’s office said.
Five men were arrested on Tuesday. Two more were arrested Wednesday, and Pierce County prosecutors said two others were still at large on various crimes related to human trafficking.
“Cracking down on human sex trafficking is one of our top priorities, especially when the victims are underage,” prosecutor Mark Lindquist said in a statement.
Prosecutors said the case began when Matthew “Boo” Holt, the 25-year-old leader of the Tillicum Park Gangsters street gang, was heard on a call from jail discussing a prostitution operation.
“I don’t treat (women and girls) like nothing but the (expletive) on the bottom of my shoe,” Holt said on the call, according to prosecutors.
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