EL PASO, Texas (KTSM) – On Monday, officials with the Criminal Investigation Division (CID) of the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) announced the results of a joint prostitution operation held last week.
Officials say the attack, co-organized with Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), targeted those seeking to “exploit and victimize minors and adults online,” as well as identify and arrest people suspected of trafficking. humans, using websites to solicit sexual acts from minors and adults.
As a result of the operation, eight suspects now face felony charges.
“During the operations of the hotel, the police officers were also able to testify, intercept and charge two people for human trafficking, which made it possible to recover three non – nationals without papers. The non-nationals have been turned over to the US border patrol, ”officials said.
The following people were arrested and incarcerated at the El Paso County Jail:
- Jabari Khalid, 28, from El Paso
- Saul Arturo Guardado, 30, from El Paso
- Larry Leyva, 39, of El Paso
- Phillip O. Carter, 34, of El Paso
- Raul Alberto Valadez, 27, from El Paso
- Jorge L. Figueroa, 50, of Las Cruces, New Mexico
- George J. Torres Jr., 26, of Las Cruces, New Mexico
- Camron Ritter, 28, from El Paso
“HB1540 demands that all arrested subjects be charged under the newly reinforced offense of solicitation of prostitution, a felony in state prison, unless they are previously convicted, in which case they are charged with third degree crime, ”officials added.
Several agencies participated in this investigation, with members of several divisions of the Texas DPS, HSI, El Paso Police Department, Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission, the Western District of Texas Assistant United States Attorney’s Office and the Border Prosecution Unit for the District Attorney’s Office. for the 34th Judicial District, Texas Anti-Gang.
“This survey highlights the partnership between local, state and federal law enforcement partners to jointly fight human trafficking. If you are a victim of human trafficking or have information about this type of criminal activity, please contact the National Human Trafficking Hotline at (888) 373-7888, ”said enforcement officials. laws.
For more information on the Texas DPS Criminal Investigation Division, click here; for our previous coverage, click here.
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