A three-day operation headed by Special Agents with the TBI and detectives from the Knoxville Police Department have arrested 32 people in connection with human trafficking. Grace Baptist Church children’s pastor Jason Kennedy (left) and Parakh. IMAGE VIA KNOX COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE
Among those arrested were 46-year-old Jason Kennedy, a children’s pastor for Grace Baptist Church, and 32-year-old Zubin Parakh, who is a “creative pastor” for LifeHouse Church. Both men were charged with trafficking and “patronizing prostitution.”
“During the three-day operation, undercover Agents posted ads on Backpage.com. During that time, more than 300 contacts were made to those ads. In one ad the Agents posed as a juvenile girl. That ad received more than two dozen contacts,” TBI Newsroom reports.