One man arrested in a Knoxville human trafficking operation used to work at a church in Chattanooga. Zubin Parakh, 32, is facing patronizing prostitution and trafficking charges.
These are charges his former employer, Venue Church, in Chattanooga didn't expect to hear.
"For the families of the victims in this, we're really praying for them. We care about them and feel compassion for them. For Zubin and his family, we're praying for them as well as they walk through this," Pastor Tavner Smith of Venue Church said.
Parakh was an administrative assistant for the church for 7 weeks and started in July of 2015. He also volunteered on the church's worship team and played the guitar and piano.
Pastor Tavner Smith told Channel 3 Parakh was fired and said it had nothing to do with the allegations he's facing.
"You can't judge all churches by the actions of one person or one organization and I can't speak for other pastors, other people, other organizations, but I can speak for Venue and I can say that we're not perfect," Smith said.
Court documents show the 32-year-old responded to an online ad on backpage.com and agreed to have sex for $100 with who he believed to be a 17-year-old at a Best Western in Knoxville. In reality, it was an undercover agent.
More than two dozen people including Parakh were arrested.
Saturday, January 20 2018 1:47 AM EST2018-01-20 06:47:22 GMT
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