LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - Three people were arrested in connection with a human trafficking ring, seven arrested for criminal promotion of prostitution, and of the ten arrested, five are from Lubbock.
According to Gary Painter with the Human Trafficking Task Force in Midland and the Midland Sheriff's Department, two stings were set up on Wednesday, October 20th. Juan Alejandro Larronde, 37, was arrested and charged with aggravated promotion of prostitution, which is a third degree felony, and compelling prostitution, a 2nd degree felony. Painter says he had a Federal Police badge from Argentina on him. He is, in fact, a national from Argentina, but officials are trying to determine if his badge was real.
During a second sting on Wednesday, two girls from Lubbock, 18-year-old Julie Resendez Perez and 19-year-old Jasmine Ariel Villar, were arrested and charged with Criminal promotion of prostitution, which is a misdemeanor. Painter says the sting was set up after finding the two advertising prostitution on BlackPages.com.
Also arrested in this case were: Chadona Yvette Williams, 27, of Midland, Briana Leigh-Mae Dobbs, 18 of Midland, Veronica Navarette Esparza, 34 of Midland, and a 17-year-old girl of Midland. On the report from the Midland County Sheriff's Office it states that these four women were employed by Sabrina's Escort Service. They have all been charged with engaging in organized criminal activity to wit: Criminal Promotion of Prostitution; which is a state jail felony.
Then on Friday, in a third sting, three people from Lubbock were arrested in Midland. Jay L. Lloyd, 40, and Taquolia T. Thomas, 19, both of Lubbock were arrested Friday in Midland County on charges of trafficking a minor for prostitution and compelling prostitution by force. They are both being held in the Midland County Sheriff's Department with at least a $500,000 bond each. The third, a 17-year-old girl, was arrested for prostitution and is the girl that Lloyd and Thomas brought to give out, according to the Human Trafficking Task Force.
"I can promise you we're going to do everything we can to investigate the crime of prostitution in Midland County. We're going to do everything we can to run it out of this county as far as we can get it," said Painter.
Thomas, 19, also has charges against her for theft in Lubbock County. Lloyd has a theft charge from Travis County. KCBD NewsChannel 11 found Lloyd's Facebook page. Under his bio information, which is open to the public, he talks about running an "upscale escort" business where you can make cash fast.
Human trafficking can be punishable by 5 to 99 years or life, compelling prostitution can be punishable by 2 to 20 years.
KCBD NewsChannel 11 is gathering details on this investigation and will bring you more details as they become available.
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