CORVALLIS, Ore. — A prostitution sting by the Corvallis Police Department not only resulted in arrests. Officers say it uncovered an ongoing problem.
“Unfortunately it seems to be accepted practice among a portion of community,” said Lt. Cord Wood, Corvallis Police Department.
Police arrested eight men who they say responded to an online advertisement in hopes of paying for a sexual encounter.
Undercover investigators posted the ad for 10 hours last Friday, and said they received numerous calls. The phones didn’t stop ringing long after the operation ended.
“We shut the operation down, and we were still receiving phone calls,” said Lt. Cord Wood of the Corvallis Police Department.
Of about 30 calls, detectives say they arrested eight men who agreed to pay for sex.
Prostitution is a problem police say they discovered when conducting such operations with neighboring agencies.
“One of the last ones we did last fall, we found about 70 percent of people who called to make arrangements to come see the prostitute were here in our community,” Lt. Wood said.
It’s a problem they say could lead to more problems.
“It also brings a whole host of problems with it like narcotics trafficking. We found some of the girls who come through offering services are children,” Lt. Wood said.
Of the numerous calls detectives received, they say not one person called to report the illegal ad.