Six East Tennessee Men charged in undercover human trafficking case

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Anthony Cornelius Baylis, Matthew Jason Cohen, Steven Lawrence Kobylski, James Stephen Stinnett, Joshua James Thomas, Pedro Juan Berenguer Torres

SWEETWATER, Tennessee (WDEF) – The TBI has announced the arrest of six suspects in an undercover operation into human trafficking in Monroe County.

The men are charged with seeking illicit sex with minors.

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The sting took place last week.

Investigators posted decoy ads on sites known for prostitution and commercial sex.

They charged six suspects who responded from our region:

• Matthew Jason Cohen, DOB: 6-14-1978, Maryville: Trafficking for a Commercial Sex Act
• Steven Lawrence Kobylski, DOB: 09-07-1987, Decatur: Soliciting Sexual Exploitation of a Minor
• James Stephen Stinnett, DOB: 03-27-1984, Madisonville: Trafficking for a Commercial Sex Act
• Anthony Cornelius Baylis, DOB: 11-23-1983, Harriman: Trafficking for a Commercial Sex Act
• Joshua James Thomas, DOB: 3-31-1989, Tellico Plains: Trafficking for a Commercial Sex Act
• Pedro Juan Berenguer Torres, DOB: 11-30-1970, Powell: Trafficking for a Commercial Sex Act