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Police Go Undercover to Stop Prostitution Near RDU Airport

Posted November 21, 2007
Updated November 22, 2007

— Prostitutes have been setting up shop near RDU International Airport, according to authorities.

Morrisville and Cary police say the women are hooking up with customers online and then meeting at hotels near the airport. Investigators are going undercover to stop it.

“There’s a number of Web sites you can go to and shop for this sort of activity,” said Morrisville Police Sgt. Mike Ballard.

Police say Craigslist is one of those Web sites. On Wednesday, under "erotic services," there were 224 posts from women soliciting men in the Triangle.

Morrisville and Cary police have arrested 20 people recently on prostitution charges, mostly at local hotels.

Police say the proximity of the hotels to the airport and Interstate 40 has made them a convenient and popular location for prostitution. Investigators say prostitutes are coming to the Triangle from as far away as Las Vegas, Miami and New York to take advantage of the demand.

“We've learned that they actually network just like anybody else does, any other business does. And they talk to one another, and they'll let other girls know where the honey's good, if you will,” Ballard said.

Attorney Bill Young represents seven of the people who were arrested.

“Usually, the officer is going to a location where the lady is or (is) saying she is. Or the lady is being invited to a location where the officers are already set up,” Young said. “It's unusual there would be a focus on this. It's the world's oldest profession. It's always been there.”

Authorities said they focus on the potential danger into which the women put themselves.

“We try to convey to them that we're doing this for their safety as much as anything, as well as making Morrisville a better place to live,” Ballard said.

Investigators say the women face simple misdemeanor charges, which usually means they pay a fine and serve no time in jail. Authorities say it's a lucrative industry, with the women charging as much as $450 an hour.

The hotels have been cooperating fully with the investigation, police said.


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  • taylor boy Nov 23, 2007

    Wether prostutitution is bad or not is still in with the jury for me. But what I don't like is the law fiddling in our emails and having a problem with human beings checking into a hotel. These things should be of no ones business. Flaunting and breaking the law out on the street is one thing, but if mankind has found a discreet way of satisfying its existence, then let it be. Man alive!

  • Supie Nov 22, 2007

    Prostitution, unlike stealing, is a victimless crime. There would be less drugs and VD connection w/Prostitution if it were legalized. Nevada has it right.

  • ShareTheRoad Nov 22, 2007

    lol ive got a friend who uses craigslist to advertise her 'services' as a dominatrix...which isn't illegal. the way they get around this stuff in a legal manner is to say in their ads that they are charging for such and such service (non sexual) and that if anything sexual happens to take place during the session, that's a consensual sex act between two adults, not part of the service being provided. theres sooooo many people in the scene that do this. it's really sad when you find out your good friend is a freakin hooker!

    *sigh* i'd prefer she stuck to her day job, but she makes such good money doing this on the side, its hard for her to stop. she couldn't pay her bills if she did. its unfortunate but oh well...

  • Professor Studley Nov 22, 2007

    Entrapment laws... I can also see a lot of arrest happening to people who are not expecting an exchange of monies as well... are they breaking the law by simply using the internet as a forum to meet others? Just because it is not understood, doesn't mean it's wrong or immoral.

  • Tax Man Nov 22, 2007

    At that rate, the government should be taxing the hookers rather than shutting them down! That is more than most people in RTP make.

    Legalize it, require medical checks/ID's, tax it, get organized crime and pimps out of it. There are places in the US (Nevada) where it is legal and without major problems, and in Europe. You cannot stop it so do it right!

  • ncmickey Nov 22, 2007

    Nevada has the right idea.

  • SpunkyGrits The One and Only Nov 22, 2007

    Some of the posts on here amaze me. The general consensus seems to be "It's the oldest profession in the world and not hurting anyone, so legalize it." It's not as though AIDS, HIV, or any other disease is hurting anyone. Heck, let's legalize stealing from old people; they probably won't even remember some of the stuff in their house anyway. Vandalism? Just some people having fun, it isn't hurting anyone. Just means someone else has to clean up later. Keying a car or slashing tires doesn't really hurt anyone; just makes them pay a little extra cash to fix the problem. There is a whole list of things we could legalize and help unclog the court system! Way to go! (Not.)

  • nerdlywehunt Nov 22, 2007

    How about arresting the crooks that tell me my new home is worth 40% more than I paid for it one year ago.......

  • Tired of it2 Nov 22, 2007

    Legalize it, have the Health Dept. monitor it, Tax it and be done with it.

  • THE ETERNAL Nov 22, 2007

    Just another example of government interference where they don't belong. What if one catches HIV,what if one gets hit by a train, what if one gets run over by a plane,what if, what if, what if,....We all need to live our lives and accept the beauty of what IS.