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Amarillo police arrest 31 people for various sex trafficking and human exploitation related crimes

The Amarillo Police Department’s Specialized Operations Division and Special Victims Unit worked a multiday mission involving violations of various sex trafficking and human exploitation related crimes. 

Officers worked in undercover roles to identify and arrest perpetrators of these crimes.

"The Amarillo Police Department recognizes that human trafficking is a very real problem in Amarillo. The victims in these cases deserve to be treated like human beings and not property," the APD said in a statement. 

According to the U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services, the average age a teen enters the sex trade in the US is 12 to 14 years old.

Five people were arrested for online solicitation of a minor:

Christopher Ryan Fajardo 

Ronny O’Bryan

Daniel Harrison 

Andres Chavez

Gage Phetluangsy

Nine people were arrested for soliciting prostitution:

Matthew Spruiell

Daniel Irey

Jaime Carrillo

Michael Shawn Foster

Nsabimana Serevat

Wilmot Wesseh 

Delton Jarrod Carter

Edmond L Kamara

Jermaine Marcus McChristion

17 people were arrested for prostitution:

Bobbi Jolynn Pacheco 

Linda Sue Solis

Calum Massol Porter 

Vangela Elaine Gruber

Shaundavia Spears

Misty Boyle

Julie Anne Jackson 

Mary Ellen Elevario

Jenifer Ashley

Tehya Ritz

Stacy Hernandez

Courtney Hutson

Tabitha Ann Marie Atkins

Katelyn Mathis

Candice Casey

Courtney Garcia

Brooke Teffeteller

The Amarillo Police Department will continue to conduct these type of operations to reduce prostitution and human trafficking in Amarillo.  These offenses are not “victimless” crimes and are often associated with other serious crimes, such as robbery, assault, and drug related offenses.

If you know of a person who is involved in human trafficking as a victim or an offender, please contact the police department at 806-378-3038.

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