July 22, 2017

Detectives invite reporters to online prostitution sting

Detectives from the Monroe County Office of the District Attorney conducted a web based undercover prostitution sting and invited local reporters.

The goal of the operation was to interrupt the buying of sex online. Detectives posted two fictitious advertisements on a website frequently used by people looking for sex.  The ads were linked to two undercover cell phones which were answered by police officers.

Once a man who called in to arrange a date spoke with a female detective posing as a prostitute. The detective discussed pricing, sex acts and locations where the encounter was to occur. Simultaneously, other detectives were searching social media and using other methods to identify the caller. The detective then handed the phone to a man, who identified himself as a Detective with the Monroe County District Attorney’s Office.

The man explained to the sex buyer that what they were doing is essentially feeding into the current issue of human trafficking. The detective explained that if the gentleman had indeed showed up for the date, he would have been arrested and subsequently his name and photo would have been published in the newspaper and he would be facing criminal charges.

Assisting in the operation was Kim Checkeye, the executive director of Truth for Women, a nonprofit organization that specializes in assisting women who have been sexually exploited.

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