January 13, 2018

NYC man arrested for promoting prostitution in Monroe County


STROUDSBURG - Detectives from the Monroe County Office of the District Attorney arrested Joseph Payne, 37 of Brooklyn, on January 11, for promoting prostitution.

Detectives, with assistance from the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Stroud Area Regional Police Department located an advertisement on a website for a woman they believed was a victim of human sex trafficking. An undercover police officer responded to her advertisement and conversed with her, ultimately arranging a date at a Stroudsburg hotel.

When the woman arrived at the hotel detectives found that she wasn’t alone. The person who brought her to the hotel was later identified as Joseph Payne, who waited in the parking lot to make sure the woman got into the hotel, then left. Once she was with the undercover officer, Payne called her and asked if everything was OK, she said it was and told him to come back in an hour.

The woman was taken into police custody while inside the hotel. Detectives took steps to ensure her safety and reached out to local organizations requesting assistance in placing her into a safe housing.

Contact was made with Payne, who identified himself as “John Patterson”. The detectives asked him to come back to the hotel to pick up the woman he had dropped off. Officers then observed him driving on Crystal Street in East Stroudsburg at a high rate of speed and conducted a traffic stop. Payne was taken into custody without incident.

A search of the woman’s cell phone indicated that Payne had been taking her photographs, obtained gift cards to pay for advertisements and has been driving her to meet dates for prostitution. 

In Pennsylvania, encouraging, inducing or otherwise intentionally causing another to become or remain a prostitute is graded as a felony. Transporting an individual with the intent to promote the engaging in prostitution is a crime, graded as a misdemeanor.

Payne was taken to the Monroe County Correctional Facility in lieu of $25,000 secured bail.


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