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Police Use Website to Crack Down on Prostitution

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Posted: December 7, 2007 6:21 p.m.

KENNEWICK, Wash.--After learning about personal ads soliciting prostitution on craigslist.org, Kennewick police Detective, Rick Runge, started investigating. Each day, hundreds of ads are posted.

"They run about a day behind so, I just printed out the most recent ones and we went down to a local motel and started placing phone calls and we could've had more arrests but we were running out of time and getting the suspects transported to the jail," says Runge

During the undercover sting, three women were arrested. Two were additionally charged with possession of narcotics. One woman was married.

"Alot of the customers that meet with these type of people are married and have families," admits Runge. There are sexual transmitted diseases that they can catch there and take back to their homes."

That's why the city of Kennewick is taking a hard stance on prostitution.

"When people are soliciting business over the Internet to have prostitution take place in private residences, in neighborhoods and there is traffic going in and out of residences for this kind of activity, we take a hard line on that position," says Assistant Kennewick City Attorney, Eric Eisinger.