LAS VEGAS (KLAS) – Law enforcement related to human trafficking reached an all-time high this year. This comes from a joint statement by the US attorney for the Nevada District, Nicholas A. Trutanich, and the responsible FBI special agent Aaron C. Rouse.
The announcement comes after the US Attorney General released information about five law enforcement actions related to human trafficking – part of the “December takedown”.
Two of the five defendants were charged with federal sex trafficking offenses:
DEC. 15: Kenton King, 25, from Las Vegas has been charged with a number of coercions and enticements, a number of child sexual exploitation, a number of sexual sex attempts, and a number of possession of child pornography. Following the allegations in the indictment, King attempted to coerce and seduce an underage victim into numerous sexual offenses, including prostitution.DEC. 3: Jeffrey Lofstead, 63, of Kings Beach, California, was charged with attempted sex trafficking in children. According to allegations in the indictment, on or about October 7, 2020, Lofstead attempted to recruit and solicit a child under the age of 18 for a commercial sex act.
In addition to the law enforcement actions against King and Lofstead, the “shutdown” included three additional individuals charged with federal firearms crimes, previously convicted of pandering offenses or whose alleged crimes were related to deputy operations:
DEC. 9: Las Vegas Tamarion Keandre Williams was charged with a criminal in possession of a firearm.DEC. 29: Darryl Henderson, of Las Vegas, first appeared in federal court on a criminal charge on a firearms charge.DEC. 21: Adrian Anguiano of Las Vegas was charged with a criminal in possession of a firearm.
“Tackling sex trafficking is a top priority for our prosecutors and our office is now well equipped to stay at the forefront of the fight,” Trutanich said. “As we move into 2021, we remain committed to stepping up the investigation and prosecution of human traffickers and keeping them off the streets and away from the victims.”
“The FBI will always be vigilant when it comes to prosecuting those who choose to hunt down our most vulnerable people, especially our children,” said Rouse. “I would like to thank our law enforcement partners and their task force officials serving on the FBI’s Child Exploitation Task Force for their commitment to these arrests.”