9 busted in JSCO sting of human trafficking, prostitution & victimization of underage girls

Published 12:34 am Saturday, February 27, 2021

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On Thursday and Friday, deputies with the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office conducted a joint human trafficking operation aimed at identifying and assisting victims of human trafficking, as well as holding those that traffic and exploit them accountable.

As a result of the operation, two human traffickers were identified, resulting in the arrest of one at this time.

An investigation into the other trafficker is ongoing.

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Five victims of human trafficking were identified and were immediately provided social services to include medical, safe housing and counseling.

In addition, eight men were arrested for attempting to purchase sex from adult females, three of those men were also charged with attempting to purchase sexual acts with children.

These individuals are:

• Terry Landry, 62, Westlake, La., – prostitution
• Ryan Brooks, 44, Winnie -solicitation of person under the age of 18
• Jose Salinas, 34, Beaumont – prostitution
• Bertin Salas, Beaumont, 41 – prostitution
• Cody Henry, 24, Beaumont – prostitution and solicitation of person under the age of 18
• Joshua Mouton, 31, Beaumont – prostitution
• Chad Cracknell, 44, of Lumberton – prostitution and solicitation of person under the age of 18
• David Malonson, 28, Beaumont – prostitution
• Troy Gerard, 29, Beaumont  -promotion of prostitution

This operation was conducted in conjunction with numerous law enforcement agencies, including the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office, Port Arthur Police, Nederland Police and many others.

On Saturday, the JCSO said: “Human trafficking crosses all lines — county lines, state lines and human decency lines. The women, men and children forced into this atrocity are not there willingly. If you have suspicion of sex trade operations please report it to your local law enforcement agency immediately. You could be saving a life.

Terry Landry

Ryan Brooks

Bertin Salas

Chad Cracknell

Cody Henry

David Malonson

Joshua Mouton

Jose Salinas