Multiple human trafficking arrests made in 3-day operation in Tennessee

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Over the course of a three-day investigation called “Operation Someone Like Me,” 41 arrests were made by special agents with the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation along with other partner agencies.

During those three days, 485 men responded to ads posted online.

There were a total of 5,367 communication interactions made to TBI undercover Agents:

  • Tuesday texts – 1,232
  • Wednesday texts – 2,474
  • Thursday texts – 1,127
  • Total phone calls – 534

More than half of the people responding to the ads tried to buy sex from a minor. 34 of those arrested were men, six women and one juvenile. People arrested in the operation include a high school teacher, college football player and a state IT specialist.

TBI Director Mark Gwyn said “We’re not going to arrest our way out of this problem. This is all demand driven.”

The operation also received help from the nonprofit agency End Slavery Tennessee to identify potential human trafficking victims.

Last year, Governor Bill Haslem signed legislation into law giving TBI original jurisdiction over investigations of human trafficking.

  • Those charged during the Nashville “Operation Someone Like Me” are below.
  • 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