June Bust in Braintree revealed
Today's Globe detailed a bust that happened as part of sting looking for underage children. Of course I think we all agree that there is absolutely no room for children or forcing anyone in to offering services. This was part of a yearly sting and centered in Braintree. Unfortunately several providers were caught in this sting although none were underage at least in our part of the area. While we all hope that any and all who use children are put away for good we are disappointed that 'lawful' providers are put out of business.
Prostitution sting charges 7 as FBI puts focus on youth
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Globe Staff / July 6, 2008
Seven people face prostitution-related charges as a result of a law enforcement sting in Braintree, part of a nationwide effort by the FBI to rescue children forced into prostitution.
Although none of the people arrested locally in "Operation Cross Country" was underage, one told authorities that she had been working as a prostitute since she was 14. About one-quarter of adult prostitutes started when they were juveniles, officials say.
The stings were carried out last month by local police and the FBI. Authorities say they called numbers listed in the erotic services section of Craigslist.com and arranged for visits at a local hotel, which was cooperating with police.
Most of those arrested were from Boston, and were using Braintree as a base of operation.
The FBI asked Braintree police to be part of the operation because the departments have worked well together in the past and because the town is centrally located, with good highway access, said Deputy Chief Russell Jenkins.
In one case, two alleged prostitutes were working from a condominium on Skyline Drive and police made the arrests there.
According to court records, on June 19 Quincy Police Detective Mike Ward, posing as a customer, called a number from a Craiglist listing which advertised, "I make dreams come true," and "Please come see me I good massage you."
A person directed the officer to an address on Skyline Drive, where he was told to call when out front.
At the address, officers from Boston, Braintree, and the state set up surveillance.
Ward was greeted by an woman who took him to an apartment where there was a second woman. At the same time, police saw a man leaving the apartment. He was stopped because police were unsure if he was an employee or a customer.
It turned out, according to the police report, he was a would-be customer who had only $95 and left to get more money. For $160, he said, he had been promised a full range of sex, authorities said. Police said he would receive a summons.
Ward was allegedly told he could have sex for $75, and both women were charged with solicitation. A total of $790 was seized, along with personal papers and condoms.
Neither the women nor the owner of the condo could be reached.
Similar arrests were made at a hotel in Braintree.
In addition to the FBI and Braintree police, other law enforcement departments involved in the Braintree sting were Quincy police, the State Police, the Norfolk County Sheriff's Office, and the Metropolitan Law Enforcement Council.
A similar sting in Boston, carried out during the same three-day national initiative, resulted in the arrest of six people.
One child was rescued from exploitation, according to Special Agent Gail Marcinkiewicz of the FBI, so the agency considered the operation a success.
Nationally, 21 children were recovered in 16 metropolitan areas. The operation was part of a broader initiative called "Innocence Lost," now in its fifth year, which is geared at stopping criminals engaged in domestic trafficking of children for prostitution, according to the Department of Justice.
In addition to the FBI, others involved in the initiative are the Department of Justice Child Exploitation-Obscenity Section and the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children.
Since it began, the operation has led to the conviction of more than 300 people on federal and state charges and the recovery of more than 400 child victims