After receiving ongoing information about men soliciting underage female prostitutes for sex through known prostitution websites, Tulare County Sheriff’s detectives set up a sting named Operation Red Rose.
During this sting, detectives with the Sheriff’s Human Trafficking/Crimes Against Children Unit created fictitious escort advertisements on known prostitution websites to lure adult men into meeting with an underage female decoy for sex.
On Aug. 3, detectives set up decoy advertisements from a 15-year-old female and an 18-year-old female.
During Operation Red Rose, Sheriff’s officials said the decoys communicated with nearly 50 men who negotiated prices and adult services.
Detectives said more than 1,100 text messages were exchanged between undercover detectives and men attempting to solicit underage and adult females for sex.
Ultimately, Sheriff’s detectives arrested five Central Valley men for soliciting an adult decoy during Operation Red Rose:
- Clinton Alston, 23, of Lemoore
- George Brock, 55, of Kingsburg
- Juan Avellaneda, 34, of Fresno
- Gerardo Aceves, 41, of Ivanhoe
- Christian Lupian, 22, of Cutler
Three suspects attempted to solicit the juvenile decoy and Sheriff’s officials said they are still under investigation.
The Sheriff’s Office said deputies will continue to enforce the laws to protect the innocence of Tulare County children.
“Human trafficking and prostitution are not victimless crimes,” Sheriff Mike Boudreaux said.
Boudreaux asked that parents do their part to keep their children safe as well.
“Talk to your children,” Boudreaux said. “You are the parents. Look at what your children are doing online. Be a concerned and protective parent.”
Boudreaux encouraged parents to “ask the difficult questions” and provided the following tips:
- Engage your children and know what they are doing.
- Educate your family about the dangers of the internet.
- Enforce the rules and hold your children accountable.
He also said anyone can contact their local law enforcement if they discover anything suspicious or need advice.
“We are here for you,” Boudreaux said.
Anyone with information about human trafficking can contact the Tulare County Sheriff’s Office at 733-6218, or anonymously through the TipNow Program at 725-4194 or email@example.com.
Video of Operation Red Rose is available on the Tulare County Sheriff’s Office Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/TulareSheriff/.