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Local PD Drops Names in Sex Trafficking Bust

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Police lights, handcuffs, and shadow of a woman on the sidewalk. | Image by 10 KWTX

The Frisco Police Department (FPD) released the names and photographs of 23 men arrested for solicitation of prostitution in Frisco and described its role in the recent anti-sex trafficking sting led by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.

As previously reported in The Dallas Express, 46 men were arrested in total at hotels in Frisco and Southlake in an undercover bust intended to combat sex trafficking.

The City of Frisco described the operation in a statement:

“Law enforcement personnel responded to online solicitations for prostitution. Meet ups were then arranged at an upscale hotel in Frisco with the coordination and cooperation of hotel management and staff. Upon arrival to the location, the suspects detailed below were taken into custody without incident, interviewed by Frisco PD Detectives, and subsequently transported to the Collin County Jail.”

The Frisco bust was carried out at the Hyatt Regency by the Stonebriar Centre Mall. A representative of the hotel told The Dallas Express:

“This was a highly controlled event led by local and federal authorities. We respect law enforcement, which led us to collaborating with them on this isolated organized event.”

The Dallas Express also spoke with FPD Officer Josh Lovell and asked whether his department has noticed an uptick in prostitution-related offenses at hotels in Frisco.

“No,” he claimed. “There haven’t been any issues like that.”

He explained that the hotel where the operation was hosted had agreed to help and was not known for being utilized for purposes of prostitution or sex trafficking.

“We appreciate the proactive effort and partnership with our Frisco hotels in helping to keep this kind of activity from coming to our city,” said FDP Assistant Chief Darren Stevens in a statement.

“With more than 6.4 million visitors a year attending events and conferences in Frisco, we will continue to take steps, to show this type of online activity is not tolerated in Frisco,” he said.

While Frisco may not have a reputation for prostitution offenses, the same cannot be said for Northwest Dallas.

As previously reported in The Dallas Express, most prostitution-related offenses happen in District 6, which City Councilman Omar Narvaez oversees.

So far this year, the City has tallied 29 violations as of Thursday, outpacing the same period in 2022 by nearly 600%, according to the City of Dallas Open Data crime analytics dashboard.

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Dobbie
Dobbie
2 months ago

As is Cops don’t have enough Crime already, do they really need top “Create their own” …