EL PASO, Texas -- Texas Department of Public Safety officers and federal agents said they arrested 14 men in a prostitution sting conducted in the El Paso area earlier this month.
The two-day operation resulted in the arrest of the 14 suspects, 12 of whom were El Pasoans. All of the men arrested allegedly solicited sex acts in exchange for money from adults online, DPS indicated.
The sting operation was part of a DPS Criminal Investigations Division effort, in conjunction with U.S. Homeland Security and El Paso police, targeting human trafficking.
Those arrested were booked in the El Paso County Detention Center on felony charges of solicitation of prostitution and included:
- Michael Meadows, 50, of Rockhill, South Carolina
- Jorge A. Valenzuela, 45, of El Paso
- Cesar Guerra, 50, of El Paso
- Bryan Ernest Escobar, 33, of El Paso
- Hamad Faud Al-Ajeel, 32, of El Paso
- Kenneth Stover, 50, of Hinesville, Georgia
- Jacob Jenkins, 46, of El Paso
- Aaron Lamar Dejuan Crichlow, 32, of El Paso
- Jose Humberto Velasquez, 29, of El Paso
- Gilberto Valdivia, 40, of El Paso
- Nathan Childs, 50, of El Paso
- Victor Manuel Gerardo Garcia, 29, of El Paso
- Juan Gabriel Torrealba, 43, of El Paso
- John Alvin Quick III, 34, of El Paso
As noted above, DPS officials indicated two of those charged were from outside the Borderland area - namely from the southeastern states of South Carolina and Georgia.
Authorities encouraged anyone with information about human trafficking, or those who have been victimized, to contact the National Human Trafficking Hotline at (888) 373-7888.