Larry Jenkins, who lived in Santa Fe and worked at several local restaurants in recent years, was one of five men arrested late last month on charges of human trafficking and child solicitation in a sting operation by the Bernalillo County Sheriff’s Office and federal agents with Homeland Security Investigations.

Also arrested in the operation were state employee Aaron Maestas, 28; Jayden Nez, 19; Alexis Perez-Zuniga, 23; and Michael Jaramillo, 27, according to a news release.

Jenkins, 43, was an employee at Santa Fe restaurants as recently as 2019.

He is accused of responding to a decoy advertisement listing a 15-year-old girl on a “commonly used website for advertising and solicitation of prostitution,” according to a criminal complaint filed in Bernalillo County Metropolitan Court. A female sheriff’s deputy posed as a teen girl during the undercover operation.

Jenkins agreed to meet with the teen for a “full service” in exchange for $300, the complaint said. When he arrived at an Albuquerque hotel and entered the room, the decoy deputy gave a signal.

(13) comments

Lori Halderson

I was tortured in this network. Extreme indigents who think they get everything for free, including their land damage. They also had to start networks of non diseased food because they spread so much AIDS/heroine for their guilty elite. They will never develop past a disturbed two year old.

Kathy Fish

Thanks for sharing your experience.

Leo Catelli

Maybe legalizing and regulating prostitution wouldn't be such a bad thing.

People will do it regardless, but in theory this would weaken the black market/sex trafficking industry. In Netherlands where it's legal, the government requires frequent STD checks, etc, so it would be beneficial to the health of sex workers.

I'm not saying it's a golden solution, but if it's regulated (21+ to work in the industry or whatever), this would somewhat put a dent in the underage forced sex trafficking since all of that is black market.

I'm sure it'd cause an outcry, especially among the socially and politically conservative, but it's obviously still around us legal or not.

There's also plenty of lonely and undersexed people out there, especially in Santa Fe it seems.

Gerald Joyce

And it could be taxed! That seems to be the deuterium today.

Gerald Joyce

Criterium, darn spell check.

Khal Spencer

Hey, what's a bike race have to do with it? [beam]

Gerald Joyce

Spell check, Khal, ctiterion.

Gerald Joyce

Pretty sure you got my point, right?

Khal Spencer

Yes, just giving you a hard time.

Khal Spencer

Was thinking the same thing, Leo. Throw the book at people for soliciting children, but legalize it for consenting adults.

Heather Nordquist

I've got no trouble with legalized prostitution, but this is pedophilia.

Kathy Fish

What you're describing here (legal and of-age prostitution) has nothing to do with child human trafficking, and thus grossly misses the point. "People will do it regardless?" Perhaps, but that does not make a valid case for legalizing the activities described in the article. I also find it intriguing that only men are weighing in (in support) to respond to your post.

Sabine Strohem

That's not just prostitution. That's child rape.

Welcome to the discussion.

Thank you for joining the conversation on Please familiarize yourself with the community guidelines. Avoid personal attacks: Lively, vigorous conversation is welcomed and encouraged, insults, name-calling and other personal attacks are not. No commercial peddling: Promotions of commercial goods and services are inappropriate to the purposes of this forum and can be removed. Respect copyrights: Post citations to sources appropriate to support your arguments, but refrain from posting entire copyrighted pieces. Be yourself: Accounts suspected of using fake identities can be removed from the forum.