Three-day Central Texas human trafficking sting leads to 15 arrests

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Published: May. 14, 2019 at 11:13 AM CDT
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Fifteen people were arrested in a three-day Central Texas human trafficking sting, Bell County sheriff’s officials announced Tuesday.

Nine women were rescued with the assistance of UnBound of Waco and Refugee Services of Texas of Austin.

“We wanted to go farther into this organized crime activity, catch the people behind the scenes causing this to continue to happen in our communities.” Bell County Sheriff Eddy Lange said Tuesday.

Cecil Smith, Randall Steele and Larry Golden, all of Killeen, were charged with promotion of prostitution, the sheriff’s office said.

Tatyana Clemens of Arlington and Billy Shell of Dallas were charged with human trafficking.

Ten men were charged with prostitution including Bobby Boaldin of Goldthwaite; Antonio Hampton of Killeen; David Kulhankek, an Army corporal; Melvin Johnson of Austin; William Czebeley of Temple; Christopher Saw of Copperas Cove; Gabriel Gomez of Harker Heights, who was ordered held on an immigration detainer; Omar Cherry of Harker Heights; Roshan Bhakta of Killeen, and Myles Broadnax, an Army specialist.

UnBound provides safe housing, food and specialized medical attention for the victims of human trafficking.

“(Officers) do their investigation, they do their stings, they do excellent work, but they've allowed us to come in and partner with them so we can help the women let them know what their resources are that are available,” Susan Peters of UnBound said.