IMPD: Seven women arrested in undercover prostitution sting
Last Updated: 65 days ago
INDIANAPOLIS - City law enforcement units said they recently partnered up for an undercover sting of unlicensed escorts and massage therapists in the area.
Police said the Department of Code Enforcement (DCE) and the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department (IMPD) undercover VICE unit teamed up as part of an ongoing effort to fight against prostitution and human trafficking in Indianapolis.
“This partnership between IMPD and DCE is a great example of city agencies working together to combat the illegal and unlicensed activities affecting our city,” DCE Director Rick Powers said. “Such operations allow the city to tackle nuisances through criminal and civil penalties, and I am proud of the efforts of our staff and the staff of IMPD.”
IMPD VICE detectives said they found online ads of suspected escorts and massage therapists and set up appointments at locations around Indianapolis. Investigators then conducted undercover operations to determine the escort or massage therapist’s intentions of possible prostitution.
IMPD said the arrests were made when appropriate, and the DCE issued tickets for not properly being licensed as an escort or massage therapist, as required by city code.
IMPD said eight escorts and one massage therapist responded to meeting requests, netting seven arrests, eight tickets for no escort license and one ticket for no massage therapist license. No respondents were identified as human trafficking victims, officers said.
“Both agencies worked extremely well together, as evidenced by the success had with our recent sting,” IMPD VICE Section Supervisor Lt. Richard Kivett said.
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