Three juvenile prostitutes rescued in joint Oklahoma City police-FBI sting

Oklahoma City police arrested 60 people in a weeklong effort targeting underage prostitution and human trafficking.
BY BRYAN DEAN bdean@opubco.com Modified: July 29, 2013 at 9:17 pm •  Published: July 29, 2013

“It's not normally a case where people are breaking into windows, kidnapping children and forcing them into prostitution,” Johnson said.

“Most of them have very sad stories. They come from at-risk environments,” Johnson said.

Many young girls get into relationships with older men who then introduce them to drugs and prostitution. Although the girls may get involved with a pimp willingly, their choices become limited by their circumstances.

“These kids truly are victims,” Johnson said. “There is always someone out there willing to exploit them. It's not easy for them to leave. They can be subject to beatings.”

Step one

Johnson said many of the adult prostitutes arrested during the sting got involved as juveniles.

“The exploiters target those who are underage because, quite frankly, it's easier,” he said. “It's not as easy to exploit a 25-year-old woman as it is a teenager.”

Getting juveniles out of prostitution also can be difficult. One of the girls picked up this weekend in Oklahoma City was arrested last year in the Pacific Northwest in an identical FBI operation, Johnson said.

Kimberlin said it's not as easy as sending the girls home so they can be reunited with worried parents.

“When we send them home, we are basically injecting them back into the same environment that led them to get involved in this life in the first place,” he said.

Johnson said authorities are confident they arrested some major pimps in the roundup. They hope to track down more as they continue investigating with those picked up during the sting.

“This is just step one,” Johnson said. “We have a lot of work to do. We have a lot of leads on suspected pimps.”


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Operation Cross Country arrests

List of those arrested in Oklahoma City as part of Operation Cross Country and the complaints for which they were arrested:

Aiding in prostitution/pimping

Michael Chris Pruitt, 59

Bryan D. Anderson, 35

Philip Bush Gatson, 22

Albert K. Brown, 39

Christopher Jamal Mathews, 22

Ronald Harold Jay Jr., 37

Steven Lois Rainer, 30

Rodney Benard Hines II, 23

Marco Seville Johnson, 33

Jervon Ray Lucas, 37

Prostitution

Sheryl Ann Young, 47

Lawanda Monique Carolina, 31

Jenifer Leona James, 35

Michelle Denise Simpkins, 53

Kemala Gail Brown, 51

Julie Lynn Brown, 45

Jerrica Nicole Cherry, 26

Ashlee Humphrey, 24

Kristian R. Gers, 18

Kayla M. Conley, 22

Summer Rain Leyba, 19

Taylyn Alyssa Walker, 21

Tamara Michelle Goodgame, 32

Ashley Ann Darling, 29

Brooke E. Jackson, 31

Kayla Lynn Allen-Tart, 24

Jasmine Bender, 23

Elasha Jones, 23

Sierra Walker, 21

Krystal DeeAnn Fischer, 31

Brenda Lynette Johns, 47

Ranicka S. Graves, 22

Cyneka C. Ingram, 29

Justine M. Rigby, 25

Trenda R. Caviness, 23

Chelsey Renee Morrison, 20

Shanta Monique Hatcher, 23

Shenikka Leshay Jones, 23

Lauren Regina King, 25

Mindy Leamber Cottier, 25

Rachel Lynn Raymond, 20

Kayla Marie Carter, 24

Sara Saechao, 20

Brooke E. Jackson, 31

Defauhn Foster, 20

Alaina Paige Lamecker, 23

16-year-old female

17-year-old female

17-year-old female

Offering to engage in an act of prostitution

Arturo Villalobos, 46

Alfredo Figueroa-Acevado, 22

Rene Rangel, 48

Manuel Gonzales, 39

Donald Jay Schmidt Jr., 29

Tburico Mendoza-Gullermo, 25

Rene Osorio, 34

Baltazar Guerrero-Vicente, 24

Gonzalez Edwin Lopez, 24

Calvin C. Hill, 34

Reyes Rodriguez, 29

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