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Human Trafficking

41 Arrested In Nashville for Human Trafficking – TBI’s Largest Sting Operation In State History

By November 21, 2016 No Comments

prositution nashvilleIn the state of Tennessee, there are currently 94 teens a month deceived, tormented, and sold into slavery – usually for sex.

According to the Tennessean, that number will start to diminish now that 41 human traffickers around the Nashville region were arrested.

The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation launched the statewide sting operation by posted ads on Backpage.com, from which they received responses from 485 men. In some of the ads, agents posed as an individual selling themselves online. When asked, they told the suspects they were a juvenile girl.

TBI spokesperson Josh Devine said 18 men responded and paid to have sex with an underage girl.

The following people were arrested as a result of the operation:

  • David Shepard, 56, Nashville, TN – Patronizing Prostitution
  • Terrance Debardelaben, 47, Nashville, TN – Patronizing Prostitution
  • Rahim Rahimi, 55, Nashville, TN – Patronizing Prostitution
  • Jeffrey Gocking, 46, Springfield, TN – Patronizing Prostitution
  • Pradep Patel, 28, Lebanon, TN – Patronizing Prostitution
  • Mohab Ahmed, 27, Nashville, TN – Patronizing Prostitution
  • Darian Williams, 20, Nashville, TN – Patronizing Prostitution
  • Daniel Waara, 24, Hendersonville, TN – Patronizing Prostitution
  • Willie Black, 54, Lynnville, TN – Patronizing Prostitution
  • Sow Salif, 33, Nashville, TN – Patronizing Prostitution
  • Walter Jones, 49, Nashville, TN – Patronizing Prostitution
  • Christopher Patterson, 48, Hermitage, TN – Patronizing Prostitution
  • Jose Huelitl, 23, Nashville, TN – Patronizing Prostitution
  • Ronald Allen, Jr., 20, Hermitage, TN – Patronizing Prostitution
  • Franklin Osourji, 43, Nashville, TN – Patronizing Prostitution
  • Arnold Quentin, 29, Brooklyn Center, MN – Patronizing Prostitution
  • Scott Vonloewe, 46, La Vergne, TN – Patronizing Prostitution
  • Angelo Sims, 37, Lebanon, TN – Patronizing Prostitution
  • Kim Stephens, 21, Dickson, TN – Prostitution
  • Peter Solyman, 28, Antioch, TN – Patronizing Prostitution
  • Koreyon Watkins, 24, Antioch, TN – Patronizing Prostitution
  • Tereso Rosales-Morente, 25, Madison, TN – Patronizing Prostitution
  • Jenea Lancaster, 23, Memphis, TN – Patronizing Prostitution
  • Xaviera Gunn, 22, Battlecreek, MI – Prostitution
  • Ruben Chavez-Moreira, 25, Nashville, TN – Patronizing Prostitution
  • Luis Mendieda, 43, Nashville, TN – Patronizing Prostitution
  • Gary Lewis, 63, Nashville, TN – Patronizing Prostitution
  • Thomas Griffin, 20, Nashville, TN – Simple Possession, Solicitation of a Minor
  • Alfreda Avalos, 38, Hiram, GA – Patronizing Prostitution
  • Dwjuana Bradford, 41, Nashville, TN – Patronizing Prostitution
  • Gary R. Canty, 20, Riverdale, GA – Patronizing Prostitution
  • Austin Pickering, 23, Goodlettsville, TN – Patronizing
  • Key Darius Rucker, 19, Murfreesboro, TN – Patronizing Prostitution
  • Malik Naadirah, 21, La Vergne, TN – Prostitution
  • Brittany Jones, 25, Memphis, TN – Prostitution
  • Samuel Rodriguez, 48, Nashville, TN – Patronizing Prostitution
  • Jose Alvarado, 32, Madison, TN – Patronizing Prostitution
  • Ashley Smith, 27, Memphis, TN – Prostitution
  • Suleman Abdul, 33, Antioch, TN – Patronizing Prostitution
  • Juvenile, Nashville, TN – Patronizing Prostitution

The nonprofit agency, End Slavery Tennessee, identified potential victims and offered them housing, counseling.

If you’d like to help fight human trafficking in the Nashville region, you can join our ‘Keep Hope Alive‘ campaign, or volunteer directly with the End It Movement.

Please help spread the word and build awareness!

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