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Members of the Regional Street Enforcement Team (SET) conducted a prostitution operation focusing on websites which cater to the customers of prostitution.
SET detectives posted an advertisement on a popular website for a female who was selling sexual acts in return for money. Within a minute of the advertisement being posted, SET began receiving calls and texts from perspective customers. Ultimately dozens of texts and calls were fielded. The following men negotiated a sexual act in return for money:
- Brian Starbuck, Reno resident, cited for solicitation for prostitution
- Jacob Rogers, Reno resident, cited for solicitation for prostitution
- Alejandro Garcia-Aguilar Veracruz, Mexico resident, arrested for solicitation for prostitution
- Carlos Gonzalez-Hernandez, Sparks resident, arrested for solicitation for prostitution
- Michael Lytle, Sparks resident, cited for solicitation for prostitution
The Regional Street Enforcement Team believes impacting sex trafficking/exploitation begins with an aggressive campaign against the demand for illegal prostitution. Often the females who engage in prostitution are introduced at a young age and are often being exploited or trafficked by a physically and mentally controlling individual. Although statistics vary from study to study, researchers believe the average age of a female trafficked and introduced into prostitution is 12-14 years old. The Regional Street Enforcement Team has recovered several sex trafficking victims between the ages of 12 and 16 from the streets of Reno each of the past several years.
SET believes the supply of exploited victims will decrease if the demand can be impacted and reduced by conducting frequent operations.
In an effort to recover sexually exploited victims, SET also conducted an operation targeting females posting on web sites which cater to the customers of prostitution. During this portion of the operation three females negotiated sex acts in exchange for money with an undercover detective. Two females qualified for citations, while the third did not and was arrested. It is the goal of SET to provide avenues to escape the prostitution lifestyle, and therefore the names of the three females will not be released.
Solicitation for prostitution is a misdemeanor which carries a maximum penalty of up to 6 months in the county jail and/or a fine of up to $1,000.00. Individuals cited/arrested for solicitation for prostitution are also required to submit to blood testing for sexually transmitted diseases.
The Regional Street Enforcement Team would like to remind visitors and residents that prostitution of all forms is illegal in Washoe County. The scenario of a female engaging in prostitution having a male nearby is very common, and customers of illegal prostitution are at great risk of peripheral crimes such as robbery and battery, as well as contracting sexually transmitted diseases.
The Regional Street Enforcement team comprises detectives from the Reno Police Department and Sparks Police Department.
Anyone having information relating to this crime or the suspect(s) should contact the Reno Police Department at 334-2115, Secret Witness at 322-4900 or www.secretwitness.com, or text the tip to 847411 (TIP 411) keyword – SW.
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