12 Men Seeking to Pay to Play Arrested in Bellevue VICE Operation

Men were seen driving fancy vehicles and carrying large amounts of cash hoping to pay for a good time.

Bellevue, WA: Bellevue Detectives arrested 12 men for patronizing a prostitute in a two-day undercover vice operation. The sting sends a deliberate message to those seeking to buy sex according to Captain Dave Sanabria, “We don’t want you patronizing a prostitute at all, and we absolutely don’t want you doing it in Bellevue.”

Throughout the operation, 66 men responded to the vice detective’s ads on known prostitution websites. Of the 12 arrested, one was from Bellevue, many others drove to Bellevue from neighboring cities, and one was on business from Georgia. There would have been 13 arrests if the person had been able to find the hotel. One suspect even arrived in a Ferrari.

“Prostitution is not a victimless crime,” Sanabria said. “The majority of the women become victims of rape, robbery, and assault. Most are also coerced or forced to continue in the sex trade by a pimp and their economic circumstances.”

Those arrested could also face new consequences. In addition to facing a misdemeanor charge of Patronizing a Prostitute, the Bellevue city prosecutor will now recommend suspects attend a mandatory ten-week Stopping Sexual Exploitation program through Seattle Against Slavery.

“Our goal is for these subjects to stop soliciting prostitutes,” Sanabria explains. “This program gives them the time, ten weeks, and the education to understand how sexually exploiting women causes them harm, plus they’ll learn tools to create healthy relationships in their own lives.”

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Arula
Arula

“Prostitution is not a victimless crime,” Sanabria said. “The majority of the women become victims of rape, robbery, and assault. Most are also coerced or forced to continue in the sex trade by a pimp and their economic circumstances.”

Since active sex workers will tell you that vice cops are their primary source for rape, robbery and assault the, Bellevue vice until is well placed to report on this. They don't call it that though. They call it "saving the women and girls!"

Until we respect the labor of sex workers, they will remain open to the rape and violence police perpetrate against them on a daily basis.

Undercover123
Undercover123

Consenting adult sex work is not trafficking. Cops use "trafficking" to arrest consenting adults so the money will continue to flow. Harassing sex work clients will not help sex workers pay the rent. This type of policing will force sex workers to see dangerous clients from a limited client pool. The vast majority of sex workers are consenting adults that do not need to be saved or rescued. Sex workers joke about "Captain Save A Hoe" These savior types pretend they care about the well being of sex workers but in reality, they despise what they do. If a sex worker refuses to submit to being rescued they turn on them quick. I support the full decriminalization of consenting adult sex work. I reject cops policing consenting adult sex.