Operation Guardian Angel Pt. 2

By Amanda Bay

Amanda Bay is an American-Mozambican Sociologist with a passion for combating modern-day slavery. She has experience working in cross-cultural teams in the nonprofit sector. Thanks to her experiences, I have acquired strong skills in data collection and analysis, translating documents, editing grant proposals and project implementation. She is now looking for every opportunity to help raise awareness and combat human trafficking and exploitation!

Operation Guardian Angel Charged the Following Johns:


On October 18th 2014, the Hartford Police Department and Operation Guardian Angel arrested

  • Jeong Min Lee (34, Alabama) on charges of: Electronic Solicitation of a Child and Traveling to meet a Child for Unlawful Sex Act.
  • Michael Leonard Tallman (30, Washington) facing felony prostitution charge in Washington County District Court. The Minneapolis Police Department, St. Paul Police Department, the Hennepin County Sheriff’s Office and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security collaborated and conducted an Internet-based investigation against the John (who answered an online advertisement to meet a 32-year old woman and her 14-year old daughter for sex acts but Tallman was busted by Operation Guardian Angel).

Operation Guardian Angel successfully captured Johns attempting to pay for sex acts with minors through online advertisements on Craigslist and Backpage.com.

The following Johns are being charged in Washington County:


  • Kevin Michael Aylward (49),
  • Benjamin Charles Beery (38),
  • Brent Allen Fredrickson (38),
  • Christopher Scott Henderson (29),
  • Gordon Patrick Jones (33),
  • Ryan Brook Meredith (33),
  • Nathan John Mravinc (35),
  • Brian Patrick O’Boyle (34),
  • Luis Angel Ponce (20),
  • Kyle Michael Segermark (21),
  • Paul Dean Skaggs (40), and
  • Ian Laurence Walford (35).


In Dakota County, Operation Guardian Angel charged the following men:


  • Christopher Thomas Lauyans (33) with 1 count of soliciting a minor for prostitution;
  • Dallas Leonard Lloyd (26) with 1 count of soliciting a 13-15 year old for prostitution, 1 count of soliciting a 16-17 year old for prostitution, and 1 count of 5th degree possession of a controlled substance;
  • Phengie Lue Lee (24) with 1 count of soliciting a 13-15 year old for prostitution;
  • Kerry Joe Mausolf (48) for 1 count of soliciting a 13-15 year old for prostitution;
  • Jason Michael Slattum (36) with 1 count of soliciting a 13-15 year old for prostitution and soliciting a 16-17 year old for prostitution; and
  • Joshua Berry Wood (39) for 1 count of soliciting a 13-15 year old for prostitution and 1 count of soliciting a 16-17 year old for prostitution.


Operation Guardian Angel is working as an undercover law enforcement team that focus on investigating the demand for child prostitutes in the Kansas, Missouri, and Minnesota area. This undercover team is usually led by Minneapolis Police Department Juvenile Trafficking Investigator Sgt. Grant Snyder. Part of the Dakota operation was partially funded by the Women’s Foundation of Minnesota (this particular operation began in February 2014). Minnesota has had 101 child-solicitation prosecutions according to Ramsey County Attorney John Choi. Grant Snyder has said several times that social media unfortunately plays a crucial role in this issue but the interesting thing is that Operation Guardian Angel has also been able to positively use social media to capture these Johns. Law enforcement agencies should consider using similar methods as social media does play an important role in our society today; and if used correctly, it might be able to help us end this horrific problem.


Operation Safe Haven



U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) arrested 29 people in 13 cities and eight states on October 29th, 2015 for sex trafficking and related charges in a comprehensive operation named “Operation Safe Haven”. This operation targeted a network of illegal brothels trafficking Hispanic females. HIS also identified 15 potential trafficking victims from brothels in the South East.


  • U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI)
  • Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Joint Task Force – Investigations (JTF-I), ICE Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO)
  • S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP)
  • Federal Emergency Management Administration
  • Multiple state/local law enforcement agencies

Trafficker TTP’s (Tactics, Techniques, and Procedures)

Hispanic females from Mexico and Central America were trafficked across the southern border and then traveled through southeastern United States to brothels in the states:

  • Alabama
  • Florida
  • Georgia
  • Louisiana
  • Mississippi
  • North Carolina
  • South Carolina
  • Texas

The traffickers within this organization worked as independent operators to coordinate the movement and delivery of women for illegal sexual purposes.


  • A minimum of one victim identified during the investigation was a juvenile.
  • Six suspects being charged with conspiracy to participate in the sex trafficking of a minor
  • 38 suspects are charged with conspiracy to transport a person in interstate commerce for prostitution
  • Nine suspects remain at large after 29 were arrested
  • Three of the network’s customers are also charged with promoting the prostitution.

Individuals charged with conspiracy to engage in sex trafficking of a minor face up to life in prison and a $250,000 fine.

Individuals charged with conspiracy to transport a person in interstate commerce for purposes of prostitution and individuals charged with promoting prostitution face imprisonment up to five years and a $250,000 fine.

All defendants are presumed innocent until proven guilty.

Victims Assistance and Protection (VAP) Report

Survivors are being safeguarded while HSI coordinates emergency medical assistance, food and shelter with victims’ assistance organizations. Victim-centered investigations have been priority to HSI, where the identification, rescue and needs of victims are treated with identical weight as the prosecution of traffickers.

Survivors also qualify for a T-visa, which is issued to victims of human trafficking who have complied with reasonable requests for assistance in investigations and prosecutions.

Operation Safe Haven

  • First major investigation supported by the JTF-I since it became fully operational in July 2015.
  • Task force directed significant funding, intelligence, and analytical support from multiple DHS agencies to bolster the special agents investigating this criminal network.
  • CBP Air and Marine Operations (AMO) crews from Miami, New Orleans and Houston flew more than 115 flight hours and launched 38 separate missions in support of the investigation.
  • Used covert aerial surveillance to track suspects and identify multiple target locations. AMO’s presence greatly increased the situational awareness of agents on the ground.



Operation Safe Haven accentuates exactly what these federal and state task forces have been charged with and have proven their effectiveness with this successful trial run. By strategically employing the comprehensive capabilities of the Department of Homeland Security to priority investigations, they have the ability to do significant damage to criminal organizations.


This was the first operation supported by the DHS JTF-1 and was an outstanding success. The coordination of this operation included multiple federal agencies and task forces, as well as, local law enforcement across multiple states. This operation closed out with survivors receiving T-visas and specified care; the ideal conclusion to an overall effective mission.

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Techniques, Tactics, and Procedures: ‘Providers’

TTP’s (Techniques, Tactics, and Procedures) of ‘Providers’

*This report was compiled from a former ‘provider’ and is a direct source.

Recruitment of new prospects:

Recruitment takes place both on-line and in physical environments. Recruiters look for:

Middle class

Eating disorders

Modeling agencies

Go-go dancers

Fitness and figure models (this ensures figure and no use of drugs)

Note: Recruiters use Facebook to research their prospects. They will ‘friend’ their friends and family to look as though they are closer to the individual and form a closer bond.

Screening Clients:

The purpose of this is to ensure that law enforcement is not conducting surveillance on the physical location. They also ensure that the ‘john’ has not been put on their burnlist. ‘Providers’ research history by researching Facebook profiles, work email accounts, and family connections.


This is conducted solely online in a series of hidden forums and posting boards. They include:







Note: Instragram is also coming to the forefront of marketing and it is believed that Snapchat will be soon to follow. It is believe by our source that picture apps are the next trend for ‘providers’.

Selecting a Location:

‘Johns’ want high-end hotels, I.E. Embassy Suites. Select room away from children and events, end of the hall, least amount of noise complaints. Laying low in check-in process, girls arrive in scrubs and looking disheveled to provide cover for room request.


Girls work 2 per shift, 3 shifts in a single day, Monday-Friday

Morning, Evening, and Over-night shifts

Expected Income:

$2000/Day from each girl

Threat to operations:

States with felony punishment pose the biggest deterrent to the trade. The filing of complaints by costumers, hotels, and bystanders forces local police to act.


TTP’s give us an inside look to how traffickers operate their businesses. These are key elements to collecting evidence and brining down trafficking operations. Note: increase of public attention to the ‘provider’ provokes police involvement.

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