July 14, 2017

Smithfield prostitution sweep nets ten arrests



SMITHFIELD TOWNSHIP – The Monroe County District Attorney’s Office Detective Unit conducted a large scale undercover prostitution sting at a hotel in Smithfield Township, resulting in the arrest of ten individuals charged with various human trafficking offenses.

Trafficking of individuals is a first degree felony in Pennsylvania. This charge, along with involuntary servitude and promoting prostitution often involves some sort of force, fraud or coercion as a way of keeping women involved in prostitution.

The most serious charges, involuntary servitude, trafficking of individuals, promoting prostitution, were levied against Malik Edwards, 39 of Tobyhanna, and Tarkira Bell, 20, of Richmond, VA.

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