7 arrested in Middle Tennessee human trafficking operation, TBI says

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7 arrested in Middle Tennessee human trafficking operation, TBI says


By FOX 17 News Digital Staff 

Originally posted on
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Tennessee Bureau of Investigation (TBI) agents said seven men have been arrested in a human trafficking operation in Middle Tennessee last week.

The two-day undercover operation in Cookeville yielded seven men being arrested on various charges linked to a fake online sex ad.

Investigators said the undercover operation focused on addressing human trafficking in Middle Tennessee. Authorities placed several decoy advertisements on websites known to be linked to prostitution and commercial sex cases.

Investigators were hoping to identify and recover possible victims of sex trafficking and sought to identify those seeking sexual acts with minors.

Here’s a list of the suspects charged in this case:

Michael Blair, 68, of Sparta: Patronizing Prostitution of a Minor

  • Daniel Dubree,41, of Cookeville: Trafficking For A Commercial Sex Act
  • Christopher Garcia-Perez, 18, of Washington, NC: Patronizing Prostitution Of A Minor
  • Steven Howard, 58, of Cookeville: Trafficking For A Commercial Sex Act
  • Jonathan McDonald, 37, of Sparta: Trafficking For A Commercial Sex Act
  • David McGee, 26, of Cookeville: Trafficking For A Commercial Sex Act
  • Eric Trobaugh, 33, of Celina: Patronizing Prostitution Of A Minor, Soliciting Sexual Exploitation Of A Minor

TBI says the operation also had the support of Grow Free/Community Coalition Against Human Trafficking and WillowBend Farms, which work to provide wraparound services to survivors of human trafficking.

Other agencies involved in the operation include the Cookeville Police Department, Homeland Security Investigations, and the office of 13th District Attorney General Bryant Dunaway.

Learn more about efforts to stop human sex trafficking here.

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