16 arrested during Bellevue motel sting targeting prostitution – KIRO 7 News Seattle

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BELLEVUE, Wash. — Bellevue police detectives stated 16 males have been arrested for suspicion of patronizing a prostitute during a one-night sting at a motel.

One of the lads thought he was assembly a prostitute he had made a date with on an app, in keeping with Bellevue police.

Police stated when the 38-year-old received to the motel, he was arrested, and detectives stated they discovered that previously, he had talked about desirous to kill a prostitute. Officers then discovered two weapons within the waistband of his pants.

“Prostitution just isn’t a victimless crime. Many intercourse employees develop into victims of theft, assault and rape,” stated Bellevue Police Captain Shelby Shearer. “We need to ship the clear message to those suspects, don’t interact in prostitution, and definitely don’t do it in Bellevue.”

Investigators stated the lads arrested within the sting agreed to pay $80 to $280 for intercourse. Some introduced intercourse toys, alcohol and medicines to their “dates.”

Police stated Bellevue’s prosecutor will advocate the lads be required to take the 10-week Stopping Sexual Exploitation via Seattle Against Slavery program.

“This program teaches how sexually exploiting girls causes them hurt and the suspects will be taught instruments to create wholesome relationships in their very own lives,” the police division stated in its blog.

“Our ongoing investigations present that numerous individuals are being trafficked and commercially sexually exploited within the metropolis of Bellevue. We have recognized kids, home violence victims, overseas nationals, and different extremely susceptible and marginalized people who find themselves being harmed via the illicit intercourse commerce,” Shearer stated.

Bellevue police stated anybody who’s a sufferer of intercourse or labor trafficking ought to e-mail them at ViceHT@bellevuewa.gov or name 911 if presently in peril.

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