AUSTIN (KXAN) — Between October 20 and October 24, Austin Police Department’s human trafficking unit and other agencies conducted an undercover operation targeting prostitution that resulted in 28 arrests, police say.
Region 4 Metro Tactical Teams and the Attorney General’s Office took part in the operation. In addition to the 28 subjects arrested for purchasing prostitution, all of which are Class B misdemeanors, seven were arrested for prostitution. Charges for the prostitution arrests include five Class B misdemeanors and two state jail felonies.
One subject charged with purchasing prostitution also attempted to evade police in his vehicle. He is also charged with evading in a vehicle and had additional felony warrants, police say. Another person charged with purchasing prostitution also faces a state jail felony for having cocaine. A woman was arrested for trying to interfere with one of the police street operations and then became combative. She was charged with resisting arrest.
One of the subjects arrested for purchasing prostitution was Nathaniel Schleuter, who served on the board of directors for Refuge Ranch, a facility to help teenage women who have been rescued from sex trafficking. Following his arrest, the founder of the facility says Schleuter was “immediately” removed from the board and is “no longer involved in any aspect of the organization.”
The following individuals were arrested for agreeing to purchase sexual services in exchange for money, according to Austin Police:
The following individuals were arrested for agreeing to provide sexual services in exchange for money:
Robin Krebs, Prostitution (Class B)
Paula Bataineh, Prostitution (Class B)
Jennifer Camacho-Luis, Prostitution (State Jail Felony)
Andrea Trejo, Prostitution (Class B)
Roxanne Novick, Prostitution (State Jail Felony)
Taylor Moore, Prostitution (Class B)
Haley McDaniels, Prostitution (Class B)