Beaumont Police Department and Jefferson County District Attorney’s Office, teamed up and ran a two-day, joint, anti-human trafficking operation targeting sex buyers.

The two-day operation led to the arrest of 21 males that solicited sexual relations from minors and adults. Additional charges are expected once the investigations are complete.

We would like to give a special “thank you” to Collective Liberty and McLennan County Sheriff’s Office for their help and technical assistance on this operation.

  Human trafficking is modern day slavery. The exploitation of men, women, and children for forced labor or sex by a third party for profit or gain.  A person doesn’t have to be transported across borders for trafficking to take place, it can occur anywhere.

Sex trafficking is fueled by the demand that these buyers provide. Without men who are willing to purchase sex, traffickers and pimps would not exploit victims, many of who are children, and force them into a life of prostitution. The purpose of this operation was to reduce demand and deter people from buying sex.

Taha Khan (29 – Beaumont)

Prostitution – Class A Misdemeanor

Released on $5,000 bond on 10/23/20

Gary Barnes (53 – Zachary, Louisiana)

Prostitution < 18 – Second Degree Felony ($25,000 bond)

Prostitution – Class A Misdemeanor ($3,000 bond)

Still in Jefferson County Jail

Robert George (50 – Lake Charles, Louisiana)

Prostitution < 18 – Second Degree Felony

Released on $25,000 bond on 10/24/20

Phillip Ray (65 – Port Neches)

Prostitution – Class A Misdemeanor ($3,000 bond)

Still in Jefferson County Jail

Dr. Sadiq Ali (33 – Houston)

Prostitution < 18 – Second Degree Felony

Released on $25,000 bond on 10/24/20

Jermaine Pattum (29 – Jennings, Louisiana)

Prostitution – Class A Misdemeanor

Released on $3,000 bond on 10/24/20

Omar Resendiz (30 – Beaumont)

Prostitution < 18 – Second Degree Felony ($25,000)

Still in Jefferson County Jail

Venkata Kishore Yadan Penneru (26 – Beaumont)

Prostitution – Class A Misdemeanor

Released on $3,000 bond on 10/24/20

Jordan Mitchell (33 – Lumberton)

Prostitution < 18 – Second Degree Felony

Released on $30,000 bond on 10/24/20

Brant Erwin (26 – Vidor)

Prostitution – Class A Misdemeanor

Released on $3,000 bond on 10/24/20

Devendra Sah (28 – Beaumont)

Prostitution < 18 – Second Degree Felony

Released on $25,000 bond on 10/24/20

Oliver Fernando Rodriguez (29 – Beaumont)

Prostitution – Class A Misdemeanor

Released on $3,500 bond on 10/24/20

Christopher Michael Herring (40 – Beaumont)

Prostitution – Class A Misdemeanor

Still in Jefferson County Jail

Quenton Alexander Pickens (33 – Beaumont)

Prostitution – Class A Misdemeanor

Still in Jefferson County Jail

Emiliano Alcala Beltran (42 – Lumberton)

Prostitution – Class A Misdemeanor

Evading Arrest – Class A Misdemeanor

Resisting Arrest – Class A Misdemeanor

Still in Jefferson County Jail

Edward Jimenez (31 – Port Arthur)

Prostitution – Class A Misdemeanor

Still in Jefferson County Jail

Joey Dewayne Hall (40 – Kirbyville)

Prostitution – Class A Misdemeanor

Still in Jefferson County Jail

Bobby Wayne Armstrong (45 – Vidor)

Prostitution < 18 – Second Degree Felony

Prostitution – Class A Misdemeanor

Still in Jefferson County Jail

Ivan Banks (37 – Beaumont)

Prostitution – Class A Misdemeanor

Still in Jefferson County Jail

Steven McBroom (46 – Silsbee)

Prostitution – Class A Misdemeanor

Still in Jefferson County Jail

Dr. Rajen Bhulabhai Desai (62 – Beaumont)

Prostitution – Class A Misdemeanor

Still in Jefferson County Jail

Anyone can join the fight against human trafficking. If you see something, say something. If you wish to remain anonymous, call Southeast Texas Crime Stoppers or download the P3 Tips app and use your smartphone or tablet submit your information or pictures. All tips are anonymous and you could be eligible for a cash reward.