Saginaw County Sting Operation Leads to Multiple Human Trafficking Arrests


Since the work of GHOST, the four male human traffickers were discovered to reside in Saginaw and Bay Counties. According to Sheriff Federspiel, many human traffickers aim to commit these human rights abuses in communities that are not their own.

The four men arrested and facing criminal charges, thanks to the work of GHOST, are as follows: 41-year-old James T. Stong, 61-year-old Perry J. Bolda, 43-year-old Keith A. Barriga, and 43-year-old William R. Mayse.

The criminal charges between these four individuals are as follows:

  • child sexually abusive activity
  • accosting children for immoral purposes
  • using a computer to commit a crime

The work of GHOST involved the use of undercover law enforcement officers, whom Stong, Bolda, Barriga, and Mayse believed to be underage children.

Stong, Bolda, and Barriga are thus far out of jail on bond while pending trial. Maryse, on the other hand, stays imprisoned in Saginaw County Jail.

Each of these men will now go through trial and hopefully face steep sentencing for their crimes.

More on GHOST

The Genesee Human Oppression Strike Team revolves around investigating and stopping individuals engaged in human sex trafficking.