SAN MARCOS, Texas – A joint operation between state and local law enforcement agencies targeting the sexual exploitation of minors has resulted in 7 arrests.

Hays County Sheriffs Department says on April 1 and April 2 an operation was conducted which targeted persons trying to sexually exploit and victimize minors for a fee.

Officers posed as females under the age of 18 and began to communicate with suspects through various websites known to be used to solicit sexual acts.

The agencies involved were the Texas Department of Public Safety Criminal Investigations Division, Texas Highway Patrol Division, the Hays County Sheriff’s Office, the San Marcos Police Department, and the Hays County District Attorney’s Office.

Efrain Ramirez Ramirez, 39, of Kilgore

Todd Matthew Strine, 46, of New Braunfels Abel

Barcenas Suarez, 33, of New Braunfels

Fabian Jefferson, 50, of Kyle

Ricardo Costilla Jr, 24, of Austin

Richard Guerrero Morales, 52, of San Marcos

Jacob Hiley Pell, 18, of Cedar Park

HCSD says this investigation highlights the partnership between local and state law enforcement agencies in working together to combat human trafficking.

If you are a victim of human trafficking or have information about this type of criminal activity, please contact the National Human Trafficking Hotline at 888-373-7888

By Joseph Franklin

We blog about human trafficking and child porn cases. If you have any information on the situation please feel free to call the nation human trafficking hotline at 1-888-7888

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