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More than 30 Arrested in Prostitution Sting

The sting was conducted in five College Park area hotels over two days.

More than 30 people were arrested this week in a prostitution sting conducted at College Park hotels, according to Prince George's County police.

The operation was carried out in conjunction with the FBI Human Trafficking Unit.

“Prostitution is a gateway crime," Capt. Leigh Mints said in a statement. “We want to let everyone know this kind of activity is not something we want in this county and we’re doing all we can to prevent it.”

As part of the operation, female officers posing as prostitutes engaged would-be johns on the phone after placing phony ads on solicitation websites.

On Wednesday, 13 men were arrested on a charge of assignation—the act of meeting up with the purpose of exchanging sex for money—and six women were arrested on prostitution charges in five College Park hotels, according police.

On Thursday night, police said 11 more men were arrested and charged with assignation and six more individuals for prostitution. All involved were adults. 

Police charged the following individuals as part of the sting:

  • John Amtequera, 33, of Silver Spring
  • Oscar Benitez, 42, of West Lanham
  • Joseph Cadet, 46, of Beltsville
  • Jamesyin Chi, 42, of Rockville
  • Mahndel Green, 39, of Bowie
  • Mark Hallenman, 55, of Annapolis
  • Niegel Kham, 27, of Beltsville
  • Keith Lambkin, 34, of College Park
  • Asburton Nelson, 50, of Silver Spring
  • Visuas Patel, 42, of Laurel
  • Anig Sawat, 49, of Berwin, Md.
  • Clifton Stone, 52, of Bladensburg
  • Michael Zeydelis, 40, of Reisterstown
  • Alexis Williams, 29, of Cleveland, OH
  • Channel Karnes, 23, of Orlando, FL
  • Jershelle Bey-Wilson, 24, of Washington, DC
  • Bernadette Harper, 27, of Washington, DC
  • Angela Oladiji, 23, of Washington, DC
  • Gloria Reyes, 42, of Hyattsville
ANG August 07, 2012 at 07:22 PM
Kristin is absolutely right.
ZoeB August 07, 2012 at 09:53 PM
Obviously you don't live near one of these rat holes. I do. And believe me, there is much more going on besides the prostitution. When I complained to management about one of their "tenants" dealing in the neighborhood, the manager was loud and nasty letting me know she didn't care.
Earnest Hawkins Jr August 08, 2012 at 08:39 PM
A small percentage of the Johns are married men and take the diseases they catch from prostitutes back home to their wives.
kev January 29, 2013 at 02:29 AM
2 consenting adults, what the @#$@#%#^ is the problem? It is their body and they should be allowed to do as they wish with it as long as they are not harming anyone. In the end we all pimp ourself out in one way or another to make a living. Get over yourself.
Kristin January 29, 2013 at 03:08 PM
That is the problem- a lot of prostitutes are NOT consenting adults but victims of sex trafficking.

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