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Seven men arrested in underage human trafficking operation in Albuquerque; Those apprehended were soliciting sex with someone they believed to be a minor

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Attorney General Hector Balderas, Bernalillo County Sheriff Manny Gonzales, Homeland Security Investigations and the Albuquerque Police Department announced in a press release Friday the arrest of seven men soliciting sex with someone they believed was an underaged girl in Albuquerque.

The seven men arrested in Albuquerque were Daniel Apodaca, Christopher Goulardt, Christ Sathoud, William Long, Jacob Samora, Richard Sanchez and Vu Nguyen, according to the press release.
The men, who were arrested this week, were soliciting sex with a female they believed to be 15 years old. The female was actually an undercover Bernalillo County Sheriff Office deputy.

All seven men attempted to pay between $40 to $200 to have sex with underaged girls.
The arrests were part of a joint operation targeting commercial sex trafficking of minors.
The four-day operation began Monday and was led by the Albuquerque office of Homeland Security Investigations.The multi-agency operation also focused on consumers of underage prostitutes and rescuing victims, which included juveniles.
“There is no higher priority than protecting our children from sexual violence and dangerous sexual predators, and I want to thank all of the agencies that worked together on this successful operation to combat the trafficking of children in New Mexico,” Balderas said.

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