Tennessee Sting Nets Child Predators

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Too many Children are being victimized by Sex Trafficking

22 men indicted as part of human trafficking operation in Brentwood

BRENTWOOD, TN  –  At least 22 men have been indicted as part of an undercover human trafficking operation in Brentwood.

As part of the sting in early October, two female agents posed as prostitutes on Backpage.com and offered sex for purchase.

During the text message exchanges with dozens and dozens of would-be customers, the agents identified themselves as minors.

According to the TBI, within a three-day period, 22 men showed up for arranged meetings, showing intentions of purchasing sex with a child.

The men were from all different backgrounds.  The suspects include a computer programmer, an automotive engineer, a chef and a construction worker.

Eleven of the 22 men who were indicted are still in the custody of Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

Now: @TBInvestigation presser on a human trafficking investigation in Brentwood. pic.twitter.com/FUaMJVM9wI
— Kim St. Onge (@KimWSMV) November 9, 2017

Authorities have arrested nine of the suspects in Williamson County:

NOT IN MY WORLD!!!! will not publish these names, if you wish to see them, you will find them here.

The TBI also sent undercover male agents to respond to advertisements on Backpage.com to try to find potential victims of human trafficking.  Two women responded to the ads but declined to receive services from the TBI’s partner nonprofit agency.

The TBI, the Brentwood Police Department, Homeland Security and the office of 21st District Attorney General Kim Helper all assisted in the investigation.

“This is, without doubt, a demand-driven crime, involving men from all kinds of backgrounds,” said TBI Director Mark Gwyn.  “We need more men to stand up and talk honestly about how we got here as a culture and what we need to do to fix it.  Unless we’re willing to hold one other accountable, we will continue to see too many people victimized by this kind of crime, with no one to blame but ourselves.”

If you would like to help the victims of sex trafficking in Tennessee, visit ithastostop.com.

TX Law Enforcement – Bravery, Valor and Strength

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Our Law Enforcement Officers do a whole lot of things that no one ever mentions, and many are Veterans of Our Military.

AG Paxton’s Criminal Investigations
Division Reaches New Milestones

AUSTIN, TX  –  Attorney General Ken Paxton congratulates the Criminal Investigations Division of his office for reaching two huge milestones since its inception in 2003.

On September 27, the division marked its 10,000th arrest with the capture of Jordan Adam Lafleur, who was wanted for aggravated sexual assault of a child.  Twenty-seven of the 10,000 arrests involved the capture of outlaws on the Texas Department of Public Safety’s 10 Most Wanted list.

On October 3, investigators from the division’s Fugitive Apprehension Unit made their 9,000th arrest, apprehending Armando Ramos, a convicted child predator wanted for violating parole.

“These monumental milestones are a testament to the hard work and dedication of our Criminal Investigations Division’s brave law enforcement officers, who don’t always get the public recognition they so richly deserve,” Attorney General Paxton said.  “Their bravery, valor and strength remind us of the dangers many of them face every day – dangers they confront without hesitation.  I am proud of the job they do to keep Texas stronger, safer and just.”

The Fugitive Apprehension Unit’s mission is to locate and arrest convicted child sex offenders who violate conditions of their parole and to arrest sex offenders who fail to comply with the state’s mandated sex offender registration requirements.  It also assists the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children in locating missing and endangered runaways.

To learn more about the Criminal Investigations Division and its efforts to keep Texans safe, visit the attorney general’s website at https://texasattorneygeneral.gov/cj/criminal-investigations

For more information about protecting your children online visit https://www.texasattorneygeneral.gov/cj/cyber-safety