Florence attorney arrested on human trafficking charges

FLORENCE, Ala. (AP) — A Florence attorney and an 83-year-old man are each facing multiple charges of human trafficking.

Alabama Attorney General Luther Strange’s office announced indictments against 51-year-old Edward “Chip” Dillard and Timothy Staggs in a news release Thursday.

Strange says Dillard and Staggs are accused of taking advantage of young female victims in the Lauderdale County area. He declined to give further details about the investigation.

Dillard, an attorney, has been indicted on seven counts of second-degree human trafficking, in addition to other charges. The charges against Staggs include five counts of human trafficking.

It’s unclear whether they have attorneys.

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