Texas man charged in Skout child trafficking case

Andrew Juaquez

35-year-old Andrew Juaquez of Odessa, Texas has been arrested by the FBI for allegedly wanting to ‘have sex’ with an 11-year-old girl. This one gets a little elaborate, so stay with me.

Juaquez is said to have befriended a woman from Lubbock on the dating app/social network Skout. Skout is owned by the same company that owns MeetMe and the last time I checked was an almost identical clone of MeetMe.

Anyway, the woman that Juaquez met claims to have been kicked off of Skout multiple times for having sexually explicit conversations about kids. The woman is also said to have mentioned that she had an 11-year-old niece and shared a picture of the girl with Juaquez. He then supposedly expressed his desire to sexually abuse the girl.

Somewhere along the line, while Juaquez was having an online relationship with the unnamed woman, the FBI received a CyberTip that a child was possibly being trafficked. While none of the articles I’ve read mention it. I imagine that the NCMEC were tipped off by Skout themselves, with the NCMEC then informing the FBI.

The FBI questioned the Lubbock woman, and she told them that she broke up with Juaquez because he kept talking about how he wanted to abuse children. As far as Juaquez getting to abuse her niece, she said that she would go along with it, but she didn’t really mean it. Sure, Jan.

The FBI took over the conversation with Juaquez while posing as the Lubbock woman. They told him that the niece was staying with her. Once again, he expressed his intention to abuse the girl. Juaquez also allegedly admitted to abusing a 13-year-old girl who was a friend’s sister.

The FBI set up a meeting in Lubbock with Juaquez and arrested him when he arrived. He reportedly told investigators that he was there to have sex with the 11-year-old girl and had previously exchanged explicit photos with a 15-year-old girl.

If it wasn’t for the intervention of the FBI, I think there was a good chance that the 11-year-old girl would have been abused by Juaquez.

Now, here is where I belabor the point. This is where child trafficking is really happening, on social media. I’ve posted too many stories where parents and guardians of children are all too willing to turn their children out for money, drugs, or for their own sick. And by saying child trafficking happens on social media, that’s only one place where it’s happening, but it’s happening in more familiar places to you than some more fantastical theories that are circling the internet like a turd that refuses to be flushed.

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