Prostitution sting nets 31 arrests - News, Weather, Sports, Toledo, OH

Prostitution sting nets 31 arrests

By Laura Geller - bio | email

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) – 31 people are in trouble with the law after a three day prostitution sting in Richmond. Police told NBC12 they targeted specific areas where residents and business owners complained about the illegal activity. 

This operation was a little different than prostitution stings in the past. Police said they were able to get more resources and instead of focusing on one area, officers split up to make arrests citywide. 

The arrests span the city but many of them were concentrated on Chamberlayne Avenue, North Avenue and Jefferson Davis Highway. 

"You can see them walk up and then you see them ride down and get dropped back off in the same spot," said Sandy Murphy whose auto sales lot is right across the street from one of the motels where police arrested eight "johns."

On Wednesday and Thursday police targeted the hookers. One Friday, the sting focused on "johns" at the Southside Motel.

"Sometimes they just want to walk in front of the car lot up and down the pike and it causes havoc with us having to be out here and having to sell vehicles," Murphy said. "It blocks driveways. Customers don't know if you're the salesperson or what."

Richmond Police Lt. Bill Kelly said they need residents to let them know what streets prostitutes walk most frequently.

"We're going to continue to be aggressive about it and we're just not going to tolerate it," he said. "The citizens aren't going to tolerate it and the police department is not going to tolerate that type of activity."

But Murphy thinks while the situation has improved, police will never be able to fully eradicate the problem.

"It's like when they do the sting here, they'll move to Midlothian and what have you," she said.  "They'll find a way."

We did visit several of the motels on Jeff Davis Highway where we're told prostitutes take their "johns." Managers either didn't want to talk to our cameras or said they don't have those kinds of issues in their facilities.

Copyright 2010 WWBT NBC12. All rights reserved

  • Headlines from Lucas, Wood, Ottawa, Fulton & Monroe CountiesNewsMore>>

  • Bracing for higher gas prices

    Bracing for higher gas prices

    Tuesday, April 24 2018 2:10 PM EDT2018-04-24 18:10:35 GMT
    (Source: WTOL)(Source: WTOL)
    (Source: WTOL)(Source: WTOL)

    Experts expect prices to peak at around $2.83 in the Toledo area. It's not clear when prices will go back down, but some analysts say the higher cost shouldn't last too long.

    More >>

    Experts expect prices to peak at around $2.83 in the Toledo area. It's not clear when prices will go back down, but some analysts say the higher cost shouldn't last too long.

    More >>
  • 2 local schools in the Vans Custom Shoes Contest

    2 local schools in the Vans Custom Shoes Contest

    Tuesday, April 24 2018 1:56 PM EDT2018-04-24 17:56:54 GMT
    (Source: FleishmanHillard)(Source: FleishmanHillard)
    (Source: FleishmanHillard)(Source: FleishmanHillard)

    Edon Schools in Defiance County and Onsted Schools in Lenawee County are in the running.

    More >>

    Edon Schools in Defiance County and Onsted Schools in Lenawee County are in the running.

    More >>
  • Police attempting to locate man missing since April 20

    Police attempting to locate man missing since April 20

    Tuesday, April 24 2018 12:10 PM EDT2018-04-24 16:10:28 GMT
    Chester Hopings (Source: TPD)Chester Hopings (Source: TPD)
    Chester Hopings (Source: TPD)Chester Hopings (Source: TPD)

    Toledo police are looking for 41-year-old Chester Hopings. Police say Hopings went missing on the morning of April 20.

    More >>

    Toledo police are looking for 41-year-old Chester Hopings. Police say Hopings went missing on the morning of April 20.

    More >>
Powered by Frankly