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Arrests made in Lakewood as part of nationwide child prostitution bust

Post by Stacey Mulick / The News Tribune on Nov. 8, 2010 at 3:45 pm with 12 Comments »
November 8, 2010 4:46 pm

Nine women and one juvenile were arrested in Lakewood on prostitution-related charges as part of a national crackdown on sexual exploitation.

Undercover Lakewood officers worked with the local Innocence Lost Task Force on the operation Friday, Lakewood police Lt. Chris Lawler said.

Nationwide, 69 child prostitutes were found during the three-day crackdown nicknamed Operation Cross County V. Of those, two dozen were found in Washington, FBI spokesman Steven Dean told KOMO News.

Nine of the 99 suspected pimps arrested in the three-day enforcement called Operation Cross Country were caught in King, Pierce or Snohomish counties.

The FBI was working with the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children to identify the children. All have been placed into protective custody or returned to their families.

During the Lakewood operation, undercover officers posed as customers and contacted women via the Internet, Lawler said.

Tacoma police arrested eight suspects during an operation with the local Innocence Lost Task Force last week.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Leave a comment Comments → 12
  1. gonefishin69690 says:

    If your going to spend my tax dollars, you may spend them on stuff like this.

  2. Thank god for task force like this. It makes me sick to think of all the young girls who have their innocence stolen for the sake of a greedy pimp who can’t see past the dollar signs. and it makes me sick to think of all the horrible things these young gilrs are exposed to. Thank you Lakewood and all the other officers involved in this task force.

  3. puyallup_leon says:

    Woman pimping? I usually think of it as a guy thing. Reguardless, Hats off & thanks to LE. Now spank those bad people…


    So instead of hauling the young girls in as they found them, they left them out there being abused until they could make it a big enough bust to get national recognition. Is it about saving the kids or padding some resumes?

  5. Gaikokujin says:

    Well this area is drowning in it’s sin, that can be seen in the news here on a daily basis. There will be a special place in hell for those who violate children. I like the idea in the comments above that the names and pictures of the pimps & johns should be published & pictured. Also as some other poster suggested & think the Johns and pimps should have to register as sex offenders.

  6. If you would just execute the pimps, you would almost eliminate child prostitution.

  7. I agree with Gaikokujin. Then execute the pimps.

  8. Child Prostitutes ?

    Well lets see who’s name’s are on this one !

    Any Politicians see vacating the area in a hurray ?

  9. reformedliberal says:

    “Woman pimping? I usually think of it as a guy thing. Reguardless, Hats off & thanks to LE. Now spank those bad people…”

    MOST pimps are female. Not that your comment was overtly sexist, or anything like that.

    BTW, just about a month ago, a woman was arrested for pimping a 13-year-old, right here in Tacoma.

  10. wa_govwatch says:

    Good work, LPD!

  11. Good work and it’s about time. Shameful thing is is that if you don’t start executing then more will just find their way into this degenerate “business”.

  12. KooKooKitty says:

    Someone up there in comments was talking about girls- are we sure the prostituted children were all girls? You do know boys are just as likely to be used in this way, in some areas even MORE likely. Ever heard of the “Dancing Boys”? This is one crime against children that should have extremely HARSH penalties, never mind- ALL crimes against children should have extremely harsh penalties!

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