HENRICO, VA (WWBT) – A prostitution sting in the West End lands seven women behind bars. But these women aren't accused of selling sex on the street. Police say they used the internet to lure in their clients.
We spoke with a Henrico Police spokesman, who didn't want to go into detail on how detectives were tipped off about the alleged prostitutes. But it's clear police are actively looking for people looking to buy or sell sex even online. It's a newer way of nabbing prostitutes.
Police are using the internet to catch women soliciting sex for money. Henrico County Police found it helpful in catching seven women they've charged with prostitution after a recent sting in the county's West End.
It happened this past Tuesday on West Broad Street at an area hotel. During the sting police used various internet sites to catch the seven suspects. There's only one hotel on the 6500 block of West Broad Street.
We went inside and a manager tells us he is aware of a security situation that happened here on Tuesday. He could not confirm whether or not it was related to the prostitution arrests. Henrico Police would not confirm whether or not this was the hotel.
What's even more interesting is that none of the seven women arrested have a Virginia address. According to police the seven are from Michigan, New Jersey, North Carolina, California and even Georgia.
They range in ages from 18-37. We tried to reach out to the general manager of that hotel. Our messages were never returned.