7 arrested, human trafficking victim rescued during prostitution sting in Homewood

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A joint investigation into prostitution and human trafficking in Homewood led to the arrests of seven people and the rescue of a juvenile girl.

The Homewood Police Department’s Vice and Narcotics Unit on Feb. 5 carried out an operation targeting prostitution in the city. Vestavia Hills police and the FBI also were part of the effort.

Sgt. John Carr said the operation stemmed from complaints received about hotels and motels along the Oxmoor Road and Lakeshore Parkway exits off Interstate 65. The operation involved undercover officers responding to social media and internet adds soliciting sexual activity for payment.

Those arrested on prostitution charges are: Kira Brown Tapozada, 23, of Rhode Island; Lauren Michelle Baker, 31, of Jasper; Joanne Karageh, 23, of Rhode Island; Amber Marie Howard, 21, of Bessemer; and Nyesha Kilgore, 23, of Birmingham. An Alabama law passed in 2016 prohibits media outlets from publishing the mugshots of anyone charged with prostitution without special permission from a judge.

Rodney White

Rodney White

The two men are charged with promoting prostitution are Derrick Roberts, 27, of Birmingham and Rodney White, 23, of Georgia.

Car said one woman was determined to be a victim of human trafficking, therefore her name and age are not be released. Safe shelter was found for her and a support plan developed by FBI victim specialists. The investigation into her circumstances continues.

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