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Five arrested in Tigard prostitution sting

In what the agency described as a “zero tolerance” message toward the world’s oldest profession, the Tigard Police Department arrested five men in a prostitution sting last week, and warn that additional stings are coming.

Police said the men had arranged to meet who they thought was were prostitutes at a hotel in Tigard on Thursday, May 16, where they were arrested.

Tigard Police had heard from several businesses over the past year, detailing suspected prostitution activity operating out of businesses, and hotels,said Jim Wolf, a spokesman with the department.

Investigators spent a year-and-a-half focusing on "reducing overall prostitution in Tigard," Wolf said, often arresting the prostitutes themselves.

“At this junction, though, the target was the customers,” Wolf said.

Police placed two fake advertisements online promising sex for money. The customers, known as “Johns” were asked to call a phone number monitored by police if they were interested.

In less than a day police had received more than 75 responses, Wolf said.

Five of the Johns arrived at the hotel Thursday, and walked out in handcuffs.

Wolf said that prostitutes usually arrange the meetups beforehand online, through websites such as BackPage.com, or TNAboard.com.

The sting lasted throughout the afternoon and into the evening, Wolf said.

Prostitution is not a victimless crime, Wolf said, with men and women often forced into the sex trade by pimps.

Tigard Police plan to conduct additional operations, Wolf said.



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