Previously convicted of dealing cocaine and heroin, Raymier Elbert Jones is alleged to have pimped the girls, aged 15 and 16, on Backpage.com before police arrested them in a sting operation.
Conducting the sting in April, a Lakewood Police detective called the 16-year-old girl after finding an advertisement on Backpage, an embattled classified advertising site faulted for profiting from ads placed by child prostitutes and their pimps.
The detective set up a "double date" at a Seattle motel where the girls were staying. Investigators arrested the girls and briefly detained Jones, a 28-year-old Seattle resident. According to charging papers, detectives searching the Aurora Avenue North Comfort Suites motel recovered a loaded pistol.