On June 11, officers from the Beaumont Narcotics and Vice Unit and the Special Assignment Unit conducted a prostitution sting in the north end, Avenues area, and 11th Street corridor.

The sting included undercover operations that took place in two phases.  The first phase targeted traditional prostitutes operating on the streets of our neighborhoods and the second phase targeted on-line prostitutes using the Backpage web site.

In phase one, officers focused on neighborhoods in which we have received complaints from residents.  Detectives were able to identify, make cases against, and arrest five prostitutes in the areas of Calder @ Oakland, Avenue D @ Gilbert, Steelton @ Concord, and the 2000 block of Delaware.

In phase two, detectives made contact with prostitutes operating on Backpage.com.  Detectives were able to arrest on-line prostitutes who were using hotels in our city.  Those hotels included Budget Inn on College, Suburban Inn on Cardinal Drive, and America’s Best Value Inn on Interstate 10 @ College.

Officers did not locate prostitutes operating along the 11th Street corridor.  This operation is part of the ongoing crack down on prostitution throughout our city.  Detectives will continue to focus on problem areas as they are identified through surveillance operations, patrol observations, and complaints from citizens.

If you choose to engage in prostitution, or buy the services of a prostitute, you need to be aware that you are exposing yourself to not only danger, but also disease.  Additionally, you are exposing yourself to arrest, because of our ongoing operations, there is a high probability the person with whom you are interacting will be an undercover officer.