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Prince William County Police arrested nine people in a sting operation at a hotel in the Manassas area of Prince William County on Thursday, Aug. 8.  

According to Sgt. Jonathan Perok, spokesman for the Prince William County Police Department, undercover detectives created online advertisements designed to solicit commercial sex that led to the contact of numerous suspects by phone and through social media.  

Multiple suspects were then identified and charged with solicitation of prostitution and “frequenting a bawdy place,” which Virginia code defines as any place within or outside any building or structure that is used or is to be used for lewdness, assignation, or prostitution. 

The operation was aimed at combating the illicit demand and solicitation of commercial sex services, which has a direct connection to human trafficking, Perok said. 

“Prince William County police remains committed to the fight against labor and sex trafficking. We are dedicated to tackling the complexity and issues surrounding the commercial sex industry,” Perok said. “Anyone who solicits commercial sex plays a fundamental role in human sex trafficking by contributing to the need and demand of such activities.” 

There were 143 cases of sex trafficking in Virginia in 2018, up from 112 in 2017, according to the National Human Trafficking Hotline. 

Prince William County Police have conducted training at area hotels, local churches, hospitals and other county agencies to educate staff on how to identify and report suspected commercial sex and human trafficking, Perok said in a news release. 

The department is planning to bolster its community education efforts and awareness campaigns about human trafficking by partnering with the Department of Homeland Security’s Blue Campaign before the end of this year, Perok said.  

The Blue Campaign is “a national public awareness campaign, designed to educate the public, law enforcement and other industry partners to recognize the indicators of human trafficking, and how to appropriately respond to possible cases,” the release said. 

In connection with the investigation, police charged eight men with frequenting a bawdy place and soliciting prostitution. They include: 

  • A 19-year-old from Manassas; 
  • A 21-year-old from Centreville; 
  • A 55-year-old from Gainesville;  
  • A 40-year-old from Manassas; 
  • A 48-year-old from Manassas; 
  • A 43-year-old from Winchester; 
  • A 35-year-old from Bristow; 
  • A 45-year-old from Mineral; 
  • A 26-year-old from Chantilly 

A 21-year-old of Centreville was charged with frequenting a bawdy place, solicitation of prostitution and resisting arrest.  

 
 
 
 
 
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zcxnissan

Pimps and traffickers deserve the heaviest sentences.

zcxnissan

If you support prostitution. A. you are desperate for sex. B. You support human sex trafficking against someone's will.

ajassenza

Legalizing sex work makes it safer for the sex worker, who suffers more from criminalizing it than pimps and traffickers do.



An interesting Harvard study on the subject: https://orgs.law.harvard.edu/lids/2014/06/12/does-legalized-prostitution-increase-human-trafficking/

ccw

There are three things I cannot stand. 1. Wet toilet paper 2. Warm beer and 3. Anything or person that has anything positive to say about or do with Harvard law School.



Really nice thinking Ace. Protect the creeps that are actively involved with sex trafficking because their welfare is much more important than those young children whose lives they destroyed.



Throw away babies and old people. You too can help reform America.

ajassenza

You do see the difference between a kidnapped child being forced into slavery and a consenting adult seeking work in a high-demand market, don't you Slick?

ccw

I see many differences.



The Harvard article you referenced recognizes the high percentage of young people that are / were forced into prostitution against their will. But the article (and the nature of your comments) seek to convince people that there is some sort of better for the good of all if prostitution is legalized.



I also see a lot of this kind of logic coming from immigrants from all over the world who think that they have rights to do or say whatever they want in defiance of the laws, customs and social will of America. Indeed it appears so popular that all sorts of similar schadenfreude is the liberal media and Democrat's reformed America 2020 election platform. For those who need simplified English those who take delight in, even profit from the suffering of others.



Don't be fooled. A whole big bunch of Bible and gun toting Americans (like 85-90% of our heartland) do not accept, buy into this kind of thinking and they refuse to kneel or submit to the self professed intellectuals that peddle it regardless of who they are or where they come from. Hence you might get more satisfying results going one-on-one with someone else versus this man.

ed1

As usual, ccw's personal interpretation of his book overrides any evidence that the best course of action might be contrary to his "beliefs". What do guns have to do with it? Are you making a threat?


442Mike

"at a hotel in the Manassas area". C'mon, you can't publish an article like this and not tell us what hotel! LOL.

442Mike

"at a hotel in the Manassas area". C'mon, you can't publish an article like this and not tell us what hotel! LOL. ;-)

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