Community concerns result in prostitution bust | Crime
Sarasota, Fla. -- In response to public concerns over suspected prostitution activity, the Sarasota Police Department's Street Crimes Unit conducted a series of undercover prostitution stings in those areas.
The result, the arrests of six women and one pimp.
Photo Gallery: Sarasota prostitution bust Feb. 28
Those arrested included:
- Melissa Cowie, 27 (not pictured)
- Sally Mertens, 36
- Jessica Palmer, 31
- Dezzerray Smith, 19
- Elizabeth Matson, 33
- Jennifer Dougal, 38
- Fred Hall, 50
Four of the females arrested told police they were homeless, all were also arrested on narcotics-related charges.