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Ten local arrests made in national sex trafficking sting

CONWAY, Ark. (KTHV) -- Ten Arkansas women were arrested for prostitution during a nationwide FBI sex trafficking sting.

Five arrests came out of Conway on Wednesday, and five more came out of Hot Springs on Thursday.

All ten people arrested in the sting were charged with selling their bodies, but the advocate for trafficked women's rights that THV11 spoke with says there's more to the story.

For many, statistics about the sex trafficking industry are simply numbers, but for Louise Allison, every trafficked woman was once a little girl.

So when she found out that Conway and Hot Springs arrested 10 for prostitution as part of a nationwide sting, she wasn't sure how to feel.

"I think it's fabulous that the arrests are being made…but I still think we have a long way to go as a society in recognizing who is really truly being victimized."

Allison says it's hard to paint a black and white picture when it comes to sex trafficking.

"My sexual assault was as the age of 12, but then I was pimped out from the age of 14-16 on the streets…not all women who are in prostitution, because that's what they want to do."

She says once someone has been sexually assaulted, it stays with them forever.

"My assault was over 30 years ago, and it has changed dramatically the way I look at myself."

Even though a victim can be removed from the situation, Allison says the trauma lingers.

"It is not something that someone can say oh my gosh, I'm free now I've got a new life-it stays with you and it takes a long time for you to get over something like that."

Allison went on to say that it's not just about getting the men and women off the streets, it's also about healing to help them look to the future.

No minors in Arkansas have been arrested in the national effort to crack down on sex trafficking.

Stay with THV11 and THV11.com for more updates as they become available.