Prostitution Stings Net 11 Arrests for Eureka Police

EUREKA – In response to the ongoing problem of prostitutes blatantly working along 3rd Street west of the Humboldt County Library and other nearby locations, officers of the Eureka Police Department’s Problem Oriented Policing (POP) unit conducted an undercover operation focusing on the prostitution problem in the Old Town area of Eureka. This is the second operation of this type this month.

The operation consisted of an undercover officer, posing as a potential solicitor of prostitutes (a “john”), who would drive through a high prostitution area of town. When approached by a suspected prostitute, the undercover officer would record any solicitations made by suspected prostitute, and then allow her  to enter the undercover vehicle. The prostitute would then be driven to a specific location where she would be arrested by waiting officers.

As a result of the efforts of this operation, eight (8) women were taken into custody and booked into the Humboldt County Correctional Facility on charges of prostitution, along with other associated charges. All but 2 of the women were from the Humboldt County Area and their ages ranged from 22 to 53 years of age.

Earlier this month, an undercover operation was conducted, focusing on those utilizing the Internet to solicit and set up “meetings” for the purpose of prostitution. As a result of that operation, three (3) women were taken into custody. Their ages ranged from 19 to 33 years of age.

The Eureka Police Department recognizes that prostitution’s affects are far reaching to the community as a whole. This illegal activity spawns various types of crimes, encourages human trafficking, and increases the spread of sexually transmitted diseases.

The Eureka Police Department also recognizes that it is not solely the prostitutes that bring this blight to our community, because just as the illegal sale of drugs comes down to supply and demand, so does prostitution. This being the case, the Eureka Police Department will not only target those who provide this illegal service, but also those who are willing to pay for it.

In the future, POP anticipates also releasing the names and pictures of any johns and prostitutes arrested for picking up or attempting to pick up prostitutes in this area. Names and photos will not be included with this release.

-from press release

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5 Responses

  1. Avatar JeffG says:

    At least they weren't handing out pamphlets…

    • Avatar rmv says:

      Right JeffG, and of course NONE of this going on in REDDING?? 🙂

      i hope not, BUT, anyone want to bet?? i will give odds!

  2. Avatar Joanne Lobeski Snyde says:

    There is prostitution in Redding. It's not as blatant as in some cities where you'd have to be silly not to know why women in inapropriate clothing are hanging out on the sidewalks. I sincerly hope that none of those girls in Eureka were just trying to make their next tuition fees or buy some exhorbitantly priced college text books.

  3. Avatar gamerjohn says:

    In the many years of going to arraignments and pretrials all over the north State, the closest to an actual attractive hooker that I have seen were transvestites. However, the morning stubble really takes away from the long blonde hair on the Asian she-males, though.

    Either the cute hookers don't get caught or don't exist or quickly go ugly chasing money for meth. I overheard one veteran public defender tell a john that if the hooker has all her teeth or looks too good, it is usually a cop.

  4. Avatar truth says:

    Melissa mayberry who has a warrant for overdosing her baby told me that she worked for a company called backpage and another too selling sex