More than 100 people busted in undercover prostitution sting in Bellevue
BELLEVUE, Wash. - More than 100 people have been busted in a week-long undercover prostitution sting in Bellevue, which ended Friday afternoon.
Bellevue Police teamed up with the King County Sheriff’s department to launch, “Operation on Demand.”
Police said undercover officers set up the sting in a downtown Bellevue condo, targeting people who were trying to solicit sex online.
Investigators posted online ads then exchanged text messages with potential clients.
Police said they set up the sting downtown where they dismantled a massive scale human trafficking ring last year.
Police said this is a big push to reduce human trafficking in the region.
“A year ago, the Bellevue Police Department and the King County Sheriff’s Office dismantled a large scale human trafficking ring,” Bellevue Police Chief Steve Mylett said in a press release. “This operation is a continuation of our effort to eradicate human trafficking crimes. We will continue to devote our combined resources to combat this plague.”
Officers and deputies also worked with NORCOM 911, the Washington State Fusion Center and the City of Bellevue Prosecutor’s Office.
On Saturday, from 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. the Bellevue Police Department will update the public on the investigation at City Hall.