An anti-prostitution sting conducted by the Corpus Christi Police Department’s Narcotics and Vice Investigations Division Tuesday afternoon resulted in the apprehension of seven men on charges of prostitution, a class B misdemeanor punishable by up to six months in jail and fines up to $2,000. The men were arrested after they solicited an undercover Corpus Christi Police Department Officer, posing as a prostitute, for sex acts in exchange for money. The operation targeted north and west side neighborhoods frequented by prostitutes.
One of the offenders was additionally charged with Unlawful Carry of a Weapon. A separate offender was found to be a Registered Sex Offender.
Although often inaccurately referred to as a “victimless” crime, prostitution is inextricably linked to multiple other crimes including assault, human trafficking, sexual abuse, drug abuse, and the spread of sexually transmitted infectious disease. Neighborhoods where prostitution is prevalent experience a drastic degradation of the quality of life that citizens expect and deserve. The Corpus Christi Police Department will continue to collaborate with all government and private entities to combat prostitution and help accomplish our mission of working with the community to reduce crime, reduce the fear of crime and enhance public safety.