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Prostitution sting nabs 29 men, eight women in Johnson County

December 6, 2010, 12:26 p.m. Updated December 6, 2010, 2:25 p.m.

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Law enforcement officers have arrested a number of men and women for soliciting and promoting prostitution in Shawnee, De Soto and Merriam.

The three-day sting, conducted last week, caught 29 men for soliciting prostitutes and eight women for promoting prostitution, the Johnson County Sheriff’s Office announced today.

In addition to the prostitution arrests, the sheriff’s office arrested two persons for drug-related charges and seized more than $4,800.

In addition to Johnson County Sheriff’s deputies, police officers from Shawnee, Merriam, Prairie Village and Overland Park assisted in the operation.

The county conducts such stings from time to time and will continue to do so in the future, Sheriff Frank Denning said in the announcement.

“Prostitution is not a crime we think of as occurring in Johnson County, but with the number of arrests made it is very evident that it is here,” he said. “We will continue to assist in joint endeavors such as this, in order to curtail this type of activity in our community.”

Here's a breakdown of where the arrests were made:

• Shawnee: Six arrested — three men accused of soliciting and three women accused of promoting prostitution.

• Merriam: 20 arrested — 17 men accused of soliciting and three women accused of promoting prostitution, as well as approximately $2,000 seized.

• De Soto: 11 arrested — nine men accused of soliciting and two women accused of promoting prostitution, with $1,030 seized.

Comments

Paul R Getto 4 years, 4 months ago

"Prostitution is not a crime we think of as occurring in Johnson County..." === I just love this quote.

Tammy Copp-Barta 4 years, 4 months ago

I thought the same thing ... like cause it's Johnson County and we're so "special".

Ken Lewis 4 years, 4 months ago

But it appears to be. How about those recent home invasions in JOCO? Those involve victims. Can you solve those or just entrap poeple trying to have sex?

notanota 4 years, 4 months ago

Of course not. Prostitution only occurs on Independence Ave. Why would they be anyplace else? It's not like JoCo has men with money....

ooophelia 4 years, 4 months ago

People, people. It's not because Johnson County is special...it's that it's JOHNSON County. Think about it.

Stuart Evans 4 years, 4 months ago

what's the problem? prostitutes have goods that people are willing to spend money to receive. why are the police involved?

Flap Doodle 4 years, 4 months ago

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Steve Jacob 4 years, 4 months ago

Does De Soto have a prostitution problem?

Ken Lewis 4 years, 4 months ago

I kind of doubt it. I suppose Baldwin police will be next.

Ken Lewis 4 years, 4 months ago

No, bu they can generate one but posting ad and busting the responders......then they can suggest tougher regulations to really "crack down" on consensual sex.

Jim Williamson 4 years, 4 months ago

"Does De Soto have a prostitution problem?"

Depends. What do the hookers look like?

mk9992 4 years, 4 months ago

Not anymore. They just arrested half the population.

garyr 4 years, 4 months ago

Personally, I think it's Johnson County's best quality, and the best thing in, or to come out of Johnson County. Prostitution that is.

frankfussman 4 years, 4 months ago

What were those addresses, please? (Just checking.)

pizzapete 4 years, 4 months ago

This is one more thing the government should not be involved in. I'd like to see this legalized, think of all the jobs it could create, plus, I might finally get some.

Richard Payton 4 years, 4 months ago

And remember boy's & girl's do the hustle.

Scott Morgan 4 years, 4 months ago

man o man do you folks overgeneralize. I thought Lawrence was home to valued personal freedoms and open thinking.

Ken Lewis 4 years, 4 months ago

I would like to know if JOCO police are going to solve the recent home invasions....you know the crimes with real victims who have been robbed and assaulted in thier own homes by bold criminals.

Ken Lewis 4 years, 4 months ago

I would like to know if JOCO police are going to solve the recent home invasions....you know the crimes with real victims who have been robbed and assaulted in thier own homes by bold criminals.

Alceste 4 years, 4 months ago

So, we're more interested in raping rather than purchasing? Because that's what we're promoting by banning sex between consenting adults...... Great society. Great. Mighty fine.....

Aren't there unsolved stabbings and shooting and beatings around these here parts?

Ken Lewis 4 years, 4 months ago

This is all to feed a legislative agenda for next year. They want more regulations. To do this, they have to hype up and generate a problem by entraping poeple. Steve Six tried it before his loss in the AG election.

Jeremiah Jefferson 4 years, 4 months ago

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Matthew Herbert 4 years, 4 months ago

not to point out the obvious......but both of your counter-examples are currently/have been illegal in the state of Kansas.....nice try though.

beatrice 4 years, 4 months ago

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JayCat_67 4 years, 4 months ago

"Honestly officer, she was just soliciting donations for her charity. I donated a couple hundred bucks, we suddenly found each other attractive, one thing lead to another..."

beatrice 4 years, 4 months ago

I know this is totally unrelated, but what ever happened to Anna and Vic anyway?

bearded_gnome 4 years, 4 months ago

Bea, LOL! was thinking the same.


so you don't think of this happening in JOCO? what planet does that Sheriff live on? has he forgotten the asian "massage" busts (oooops, pun unintended) of a few years ago?

and of course: De Soto? does the deputy patroling there keep his one bullet in his pocket?
and does the barber talk your ear off ... while the Sheriff shines a giant smile between licks and sanging?

and speaking of aint Bea ...

Hacky 4 years, 4 months ago

Just like a regular job. Twenty nine people doing nothing but collecting money and eight people doing all the work.

libertarianjim 4 years, 4 months ago

Way to go Sex Nazi's!!! What a sorry way to make a living. This is why people can't stand cops and politicians. Putting human beings in a cage for wanting to have sex? Really now! What an honorable profession.

Ken Lewis 4 years, 4 months ago

I have not seen Kansas politics as what I would call "Libertarian". Libertarians believe in small govt. Libertarians would legalize prostitution. Not sure I understand your argument.

Ken Lewis 4 years, 4 months ago

Kansas now seizes assets in prostitution cases. They keep the money. The state finally found a way to profit from it.....from a "high moral ground" of course. Profit from it while simultaneously condemning it as "slavery". Wasn’t this called the “Free State” at one time.

ralphralph 4 years, 4 months ago

All very fun ... but, these days, I'm always concerned about WHO the prostitutes are, and whether they are in circumstances that are less than voluntary. Not a fun way to think of it, but I think a reasonable question given the neo-slave trade we hear about ...

notanota 4 years, 4 months ago

Yes. Even those who voluntarily prostitute themselves are risking more than their HIV status every time they get in a car. Prostitutes are not going to call the cops and report that they were beaten or robbed or that they're actually underage runaways.

Ken Lewis 4 years, 4 months ago

I find it odd that Kansas City, Wichita and Topeka police all had a prostitution sting just a month before the new legislative session begins. There are working to hype up a problem to justify a legislative grandstand.

Last year, they wanted to put prostitutes and Johns on the sexual predators list. It failed, but they will try again. There are so many unintended consequences in this it is ridiculous. KS Senators declined on that issue. Sex offenders cannot hold a job, have a professional license, rent an apartment, etc. We have enough unemployed now without adding more.

I find a definitions problem in this. The experts tell us that sex crimes are "not about sex". Prostitution all about sex so the two just done equate.

And I think we already have too many people on the RSO list now. The state cannot keep track of the offenders they have....now they want to add more.

There was a young girl murdered in CA in 2009 by a listed offender out on parole that the State failed to track. Adding more people to the list will not make anyone safter.

snoozey 4 years, 4 months ago

If they had a red bucket and were ringing a bell I've seen em around town..

independant1 4 years, 4 months ago

It looks like an epidemic. Merriam, Shawnee, DeSoto It'll probably start in Eudora and Lawrence is next.

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