This story was updated at 6:57 p.m. Monday.
Eleven people were arrested last week on prostitution charges in Lewisville while local authorities searched for victims of human trafficking, according to the Denton County Sheriff's Office.
On Thursday and Friday, eight women were arrested on prostitution charges. Two male suspects, Micah Freeman and James Allen, were arrested on charges of compelling prostitution. And a third male suspect, Craig Childers, was arrested on charges of prostitution and possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver.
At the time, investigators with the sheriff's office had been working with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and Lewisville police to identify and locate victims of human trafficking in the area. The sheriff's office routinely participates in collaborative human trafficking operations to identify victims.
While police did not find any human trafficking victims during this investigation, Jeff Davis, captain of the special operations division at the sheriff's office, said the 11 arrests could lead to potential victims or suspects in the future.
"Based on these arrests, we'll develop leads and identify phone numbers of people that are trafficking," Davis said.
During the collaborative operations, Davis said the office regularly communicates with private organizations that assist victims of trafficking. Traffick911, a national anti-trafficking group, assisted police with the investigation that led to the 11 arrests last week, he said. Police also found suspects through a series of web-based searches, he said.
Davis said all 11 suspects were operating in Denton County, and several suspects were living out of motels in the area.
JULIAN GILL can be reached at 940-566-6882.