The Livingston Enterprise …

Posted September 11, 2019 at 1:23 pm

An investigation by Special Agents with the Human Trafficking Unit of the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation, detectives with the Cleveland Police Department, and investigators with the Bradley County Sheriff’s Department has resulted in the arrest of two Tennessee men, and two men from Georgia.

Over a three-day period beginning August 15, as part of an undercover investigation aimed at addressing human trafficking in Bradley County, authorities placed several decoy advertisements on websites known to be linked to prostitution and commercial sex acts.

The focus of the investigation was to identify individuals seeking to engage in commercial sex acts with individuals under the age of 18 and to rescue individuals forced into trafficking, as well as targeting individuals who looked to force individuals into trafficking.

As a result of the investigation, four men were arrested and booked into the Bradley County Jail, including:

* Bradley Carter, 51, Crossville, on one count of trafficking for commercial sex;

* Stephen Whited, 29, Sweetwater, one count of trafficking for commercial sex;

* Brian Hamer, 44, Atlanta, GA, one count trafficking in commercial sex;

* Donald Thomas, 46, Lawrenceville, GA, one count promoting prostitution and one count criminal imprisonment.

The investigation remains active and ongoing, with the possibility of additional arrest and charges.

Information about human trafficking and TBI’s efforts to address this type of crime can be found online at