3 Arrested in Prostitution Investigation
Updated: Tuesday, August 19 2014, 06:25 PM CDT
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A three-month investigation into a Nashville prostitution operation with possible ties to human trafficking led to the overnight arrests of three persons, according to a Thursday Nashville police department press release.
Efren Guerra (left in the photo), 36, of Whitsett Road, and Arnulfo Vasquez-Sanchez (middle in the photo), 29, of Packard Drive, were arrested and are being held on a $80,000 bond each on charges of trafficking for commercial sex and promoting prostitution. Maria Alarcon, 25, of Carpentersville, Illinois, is charged with prostitution and is being held on a $20,000 bond.
Detectives have been investigating a unit in the Glengarry Heights complex off Winthorne Drive since April after receiving information that Guerra was running a prostitution enterprise out of apartment C-17. It was learned that Guerra advertised by passing out business cards in the Hispanic community. Men would call, set up appointments and then travel to the apartment. Guerra was generally paid $30. The "John" then went to a bedroom to meet with a woman for sex, the media statement read.
Detectives believe that prostitutes in the apartment were frequently rotated in and out of Nashville. The investigation is continuing into whether they were placed into the sex trade after being smuggled into the U.S. from Mexico.
Maria Alarcon, who was found in the apartment during the execution of a search warrant Wednesday night, said that she arrived in Nashville on Monday via bus. Vasquez-Sanchez, who was in the apartment with Alarcon, told detectives that he was instructed by Guerra to "keep an eye on the girl." Vasquez-Sanchez was also collecting money yesterday from men who came to the apartment for sex. Alarcon said she had no money or vehicle and felt that she was unable to leave the apartment. Guerra was stopped and arrested on I-24 Wednesday a few hours before the execution of the search warrant.
Detectives and FBI agents are continuing to actively investigate this case, the release said.