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Prostitution sting results in 8 arrests, citations

By ThisIsReno

Members of the Regional Street Enforcement Team (SET) conducted a prostitution operation focusing on downtown Reno. The main focus of the operation was designed to target the customers of prostitution, or the demand portion.

The Regional Street Enforcement Team believes impacting sex trafficking/exploitation begins with an aggressive campaign against the demand for illegal prostitution. Often the females who engage in prostitution are introduced at a young age and are frequently being exploited or trafficked by a physically controlling individual. Although statistics vary from study to study, researchers believe the average age of a female trafficked and introduced into prostitution is 12-14 years old. The Regional Street Enforcement Team has recovered several sex trafficking victims between the ages of 12-16 from the streets of Reno, each of the past several years.

SET believes the supply of exploited victims will decrease if the demand can be impacted and reduced by conducting frequent operations

During the operation, which lasted approximately five and a half hours, seven men were issued a citation or arrested for soliciting the undercover officer for sex in exchange for money.

One additional male was observed masturbating in his vehicle while requesting a price for sex. That subject was arrested for indecent exposure, but not solicitation for prostitution, as the male left before an agreement for money could be made.

The Reno police department has citation qualification criteria for individuals facing misdemeanor offenses. In this case six men qualified for citation, while two were arrested.

The pre-designated bail/fine for solicitation for prostitution is $500.00. Individuals cited/arrested for solicitation for prostitution are also required to submit to blood testing for sexually transmitted diseases.

The men cited for solicitation for prostitution during this operation are identified as:

  • Octavio Campos-Garcia 35 year old Reno, Nv. resident
  • Jesus Crespo-Escalante 44 year old Sparks, Nv. resident
  • Fabian Gonsalez 52 year old Reno, Nv. resident
  • Felipe Torres 38 years old Reno, Nv. resident
  • Jose Gutierrez 41 year old Reno, Nv. resident
  • Brandon Jackson 37 year old Bakersfield, Ca. resident
  • Freddie Wilkerson 58 year old Alturas, Ca. resident was arrested for solicitation for prostitution and three outstanding warrants.
  • Clinton England 33 year old Reno, Nv. resident was arrested for Indecent Exposure, a gross misdemeanor. His bail is set at $2,500.00.

The Regional Street Enforcement Team would like to remind residents and visitors to our community that all forms of prostitution are illegal in Reno, Sparks, and Washoe County. Prostitution, outside of a licensed brothel, is illegal everywhere in Nevada.

SOURCE: RPD.

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