Prostitution Ring Busted At Philadelphia Airport Hotels

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Philadelphia police made nine arrests, busting an alleged prostitution ring that operated out of airport hotels in the city.

Police say they targeted the activity near the Philadelphia International Airport because it was leading to other crimes in the area, according to the Philadelphia Inquirer and Philadelphia Daily News.

Among those arrested six were alleged prostitutes, ranging in age from 21 to 44, and three were men police believe worked with the women.

Police say all the arrests were at one hotel, which they declined to name, but that several hotels in the area are used for prostitution.

Officers found the prostitutes by posing as johns and calling numbers for escort services on Craigslist and other websites, the newspapers report. Police say they are also looking at ways to target johns in the future, as their investigation continues.

Philadelphia Lt. Charles Green, commander of the Vice Squad, says there have been several robberies and one fatal shooting connected to prostitution at the airport hotels.

"We hear a lot that prostitution is a victimless crime," Green says, "But we've got people getting killed."

Police add that on any given day, 38 women have been advertising services near the airport.



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