RENO, Nev – Over the weekend the Regional Street Enforcement Team joined forces with the FBI for a nationwide initiative to help save victims of sexual exploitation. The Nevada Attorney General’s office and enforcement agents from the Nevada Gaming Control Board were also part of the “Operation Cross Country.”
According to a press release, the two day operation focused on the 4th Street corridor in downtown Reno and people conducting sex trafficking/sexual exploitation using Internet websites to arrange prostitution transactions.
On Saturday, a 14 year old girl was rescued and two people were arrested for sexually exploiting/trafficking the child. Shanequa and Jamourian Charles are both from Carmichael, California. Both are accused of using the girl for prostitution by posting on a website.
Shanequa Charles is charged with; Sex Trafficking of a Child, Conspiracy to Commit Sex Trafficking of a Child, and Use, Permit, or Produce Pornography of a Child. She is being held without bail.
Jamourian Charles is charged with; Sex Trafficking of a Child, and Conspiracy to Commit Sex Trafficking of a Child. His bail is set at $22,500.00.
An additional twelve adults were cited or arrested for solicitation for prostitution. Each of those twelve adults were met with, and provided resources (to include clothing, food, and referrals) by the FBI’s victim advocate and an advocate from Awaken, Inc.
It is the goal of the participating agencies to provide those contacted with resources and avenues to exit the world of sexual exploitation, and therefore, the names of those arrested or cited are not included in this release.
Nevada Attorney General Catherine Cortez Masto provided the following statement regarding the Nevada Attorney General’s involvement in this operation:
"I am pleased to partner with the Reno Police Department and FBI to execute a formidable strategy to arrest those who force, often times with violence, victim(s) into sex trafficking. We are proud to stand with and support our law enforcement partners to combat this horrendous crime."