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US/Alabama: Undercover Operation Leads to three Arrests

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TUSCALOOSA, AL, USA – Three people were arrested during the weekend of Oct. 27, following an undercover human trafficking investigation in Tuscaloosa.

According to AL.com, the West Alabama Human Trafficking Task Force carried out the operation on Saturday at a hotel on McFarland Boulevard (AL.com).

Christopher Fitzgerald Fritz (left), 52, of Tuscaloosa, has been charged with second-degree human trafficking and possession of a controlled substance on a $35,000 bond.

Vonell Michael Robertson (middle), 31, of Reserve, Louisiana, has been charged with third-degree promoting prostitution on a $6,000 bond.

Stephanie Renee Williams (right), 23, of Westwego, Louisiana, has been charged with soliciting prostitution, second-degree possession of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia and endangering the welfare of a child, on a $4,000 bond.

No other details were given in the press release from the Tuscaloosa Police Department that was sent Monday.

“If you see something out of the ordinary please report it,” said Lt. Teena Richardson, spokeswoman for the Tuscaloosa Police Department. “If you know or you think that a young lady or a young man is being held against their will to do acts that they normally wouldn’t do, please notify law enforcement.”

Senior Office Associate at the University of Alabama Career Center, Andrea Pope, said if she encountered or witnesses someone that might be held against their will, she would call the police.

“They might be dangerous and that’s just terrible if I let somebody that needs help slip away like that if I don’t get the police involved,” said Pope.

All three suspects are being held in the Tuscaloosa County Jail.

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