The victims or deceased names are not mentioned in the provided text. : “Murfreesboro Woman Arrested, Dozen Victims Identified in Middle Tennessee Human Trafficking Ring”

Death – Obituary – Accident and Crime News : NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – A significant breakthrough has been made in the ongoing investigation into a human trafficking ring operating in Middle Tennessee. The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation (TBI) has successfully apprehended a Murfreesboro woman, leading to the identification of at least a dozen victims.

The TBI’s Human Trafficking Unit uncovered crucial information about a suspect known as “Yibi,” who was later identified as 50-year-old Yilibeth Rivero De Caldera from Murfreesboro. Allegedly, De Caldera was involved in trafficking female Hispanic immigrants for commercial sex in Nashville. Shockingly, investigators discovered that she facilitated the transportation of women from Central and South America to the United States, only to subject them to a life of exploitation. She burdened these vulnerable women with an insurmountable debt, forcing them into engaging in commercial sex acts at local hotels to repay it.

In a joint effort involving the Tennessee Human Trafficking Task Force, the Metro Nashville Police Department, the Rutherford County Sheriff’s Office, the Murfreesboro Police Department, the FBI, Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), and the 16th and 20th Judicial District Attorneys General Offices, the TBI’s Human Trafficking Unit conducted an operation on December 14. The primary objectives were to gather evidence related to the case and rescue the victims from their horrific situation.

During the operation, law enforcement officials identified more than a dozen victims, seven of whom accepted support from partnering nonprofits, including Ancora TN, Rescue One Global, Thistle Farms, and Catholic Charities. These organizations play a crucial role in providing resources and assistance to survivors of human trafficking.

Yilibeth Rivero De Caldera was apprehended in Rutherford County and subsequently transferred to the Davidson County Jail. She now faces nine charges of trafficking for a commercial sex act and is being held on a bond of $900,000.

The investigation into this human trafficking ring is ongoing, and authorities anticipate the potential for further arrests, charges, and the identification of additional victims. The TBI encourages anyone with information about De Caldera or this criminal enterprise to contact them at 1-800-TBI-FIND. Additionally, victims seeking help are urged to reach out to the Tennessee Human Trafficking Hotline at 1-855-558-6484.

To learn more about human trafficking, its warning signs, and Tennessee’s efforts to combat this heinous crime, visit the website Together, we can raise awareness and put an end to human trafficking in our communities.

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