BELL COUNTY - The Bell County Sheriff’s Department is cracking down
on human sex trafficking after a two-day prostitution sting landed 20
men in jail.
Thirteen active duty soldiers ranked from Private E-2, Master Sergeant, Major and Chief Warrant Officer 3.
County Police said the other seven men were business men from the
central Texas area. The two-day operation happened at motels in Killeen
and Salado. Police said once an ad was placed online, it took 20 minutes
for the men to start responding.
Police said some of the men were
experienced in this crime. One suspect told authorities he came from
Waco because it was “too hot” and McLennan County Officers were cracking
down to prostitution. The suspect came to Killeen and still got caught,
but the Bell County Sheriff’s Office said they will not tolerate this
“We want to warn those who like to surf the dark web that
If you see addresses listed in Bell County, you don’t know what you’re
dealing with,” Bell County Sheriff Eddy Lange said. “it could be the
police and in certain instances like these guys working for military,
they’re career is probably over.”
The sting was a part of the
National John Suppression Initiative Operation. The Bell County
Sheriff’s Department said they are thankful for the assistance of the
McLennan County Sheriff’s Department.
All 20 men arrested were taken to the Bell County Jail and all have made bond.
Two suspects are facing possible felony charges for soliciting sex with a person under the age of 18.
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