Prostitution sting yields several arrests - Spokane, North Idaho News & Weather KHQ.com

Prostitution sting yields several arrests

Spokane, Wash.-- 10 men are arrested, after they were caught in a late night prostitution sting. The sting, led by the Spokane Police Department targeted the East Sprague Avenue area. Two female police officers posed as prostitutes and made a total of ten arrests.
    

Police say the six hour long sting comes in response to the endless complaints of prostitution by business owners on Sprague Ave. and people coming in and out of their stores. They say in recent years they've had Jon's both robbed and beat up, and the prostitutes both robbed, beat up and even killed.
   

 "They're out there taking a chance," said Glenn Bartlett of the Spokane Police Department. "It may be an undercover officer that gets in the car with them or it may be a person that intends to harm them and they just don't know. It's not a safe activity and we don't want to see anyone get hurt."
   

Others aren't convinced Friday's sting or any others like it will ever fix Spokane's prostitution problem.
   

"It's one solution," said Spokane Resident Marcy Heldt. "I dont think it's going to work, they will just come back the next week and the next week. I think they're going about it from the wrong angle."
     

The 10 men who were arrested ranged in age from 21 to 70 years old, none of them were public figures, but some were small business owners. Police say a lot of them have families to go home to, and all of them face a mandatory court appearance.

Kaitlyn Bolduc
KHQ Reporter

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