Statesboro police rounded up 13 offenders during a recent sex trafficking sting in Statesboro. A handful of alleged prostitutes, as well as several men reportedly seeking sex for sale, ended up behind bars, said Statesboro Police Capt. Jared Akins.
A few suspects were charged with additional crimes. One woman reportedly grabbed an undercover officer in a sexually suggestive manner, and some had minor drug and traffic charges, he said Friday.
“Over the past two days, officers of SPD’s Impact Team, assisted by detectives and patrol officers, conducted an undercover operation designed to identify and arrest prostitutes and their potential clients at various motels in Statesboro.”
Those charged with prostitution are accused of “the sale of sexual services for money,” while those charged with pandering are accused of “the solicitation of sexual services for money by a potential client or ‘John,’” he said.
Charged with prostitution are: O’Darien Baldwin,18, East Parrish Street; Latoya Gertrude Baskin-Blackmon, 32, East Parrish Street; Kristie Hunt, 45, Hwy. 24; Amy Lee Jennings, 39, East Main Street (also charged with sexual battery, obstruction and possession/use of a drug related object; and Dennis Kea, 26. Teal Circle.
Those charged with pandering are: Rodger Bonnette, 44, Bonnette Road, Portal (also charged with possession of less than an ounce of marijuana, and suspended license); Daniel Logan Brantley, 31, Briarcliff Road, Swainsboro; Frederick Brown, 47, Dixie Grove Circle, Metter; Kenneth Goodwin, 25, Lanier Drive; Quesonne Hurley, 37,East Olliff Street (also charged with possession of less than an ounce of marijuana); Divyangkumar Patel, 24, Sandalwood Drive; Shequille Rozier, 25, 2nd Street, Dublin; and Nathan Young, 34,North Tillman Street, Glennville.
“Impact’s mission is to reduce violent crime in Statesboro by addressing issues which contribute to the violence,” Akins said. “Investigations by detectives over the past several years have indicated that prostitution was a contributing factor in several robberies … and at least one homicide.”
The efforts also target other forms of sex trafficking.
“Vulnerable persons are often forced into prostitution after being trafficked and sold into sexual servitude,” he said. “Human trafficking is believed to be the third largest criminal activity in the world today, and prostitution operations in Georgia are often able to recover sex trafficking victims and arrest their captors.”
During the SPD operations, “all prostitutes contacted were screened for signs of being trafficked, with no trafficked persons being identified,” he said.
Anyone with information on suspicious activity which may indicate prostitution may contact the Impact Team at (912) 764-9911 or submit an anonymous tip to www.tipsubmit.comInformation on possible human trafficking should immediately be reported to the National Human Trafficking Hotline at www.humantraffickinghotline.org or by texting the Human Trafficking Hotline at 233733, or by calling toll free at (888) 373-7888.