Police moved in on Brooklyn’s open-air prostitution market — arresting 11 males and seizing 9 autos — following final week’s front-page Post exposé on the brazen enterprise, authorities mentioned Friday.
The NYPD operation on Thursday night time focused males driving alongside the four-block industrial stretch in East New York looking for intercourse, law-enforcement sources mentioned.
“Brooklyn residents pointed out prostitution problems in East New York — and the NYPD acted,” the NYPD said in a statement on Twitter.
The sting mirrored “our efforts to stop those who buy and promote sex for sale in NYC,” the division mentioned.
Ten males have been nabbed for allegedly patronizing an individual for prostitution, and one man was arrested for driving whereas underneath the affect, cops mentioned.
The operation concerned undercover feminine officers, in line with the sources.
The crackdown got here after The Post reported on the closely trafficked “stroll,” the place a gradual stream of scantily clad girls — lots of them possible trafficking victims underneath the thumb of close by pimps — have overtly enticed motorists for months amid lax enforcement.
Current and former vice cops mentioned there had been little incentive to make arrests, with the office of Brooklyn District Attorney Eric Gonzalez transferring away from prosecuting prostitution instances.
Sex-trafficking consultants have instructed The Post that concentrating on pimps and johns — not the ladies — is the surest option to undermine the business. But busts for pimps and johns, who drive the intercourse commerce, have additionally dropped considerably, information present.
When requested in regards to the Thursday’s sting, a DA spokesman mentioned the arrests have been for solicitation, “an offense our office never stopped prosecuting.”
The spokesman reiterated the office’s earlier assertion relating to its prosecution of prostitution instances.
“Since the start of this year our office declined to prosecute a grand total of three prostitution-related arrests,” the assertion mentioned. “We have a Sex Trafficking Unit that vigorously prosecutes pimps and traffickers while working with service providers to get assistance to victims of trafficking.”
“We stand ready to engage with communities, advocates and the police to address any concerns involving prostitution.”