An undercover prostitution sting by the Wake Forest police resulted in the arrests of six men last week.
The sting occurred Wednesday, March 13, in two rooms rented by police at the Candlewood Suites Hotel in Wake Forest. During a news conference Friday, Wake Forest police said the hotel staff had no idea what was going on and that the hotel was not targeted because of problems with prostitution in the area. Sergeant Stephen Cashwell said the police kept a covert operation because “We have people living nearby, and we don’t want them to think this (hotel) is a den of prostitution.” While prostitution is often thought of as a victimless crime, Cashwell noted it can lead to other types of more serious crimes such as drug use, human trafficking, weapons violations, assault and robbery.
The men arrested in the case had responded to an advertisement posted by undercover police on a website that is popular with prostitution activities. You click on this link to the Charlotte Observer’s article to read more details about the case.