STARKE, Fla. -- Five people were arrested in Starke Police Department's Operation Adult Escort.
According to a Stake Police Department press release, the Street Crime Unit initiated the prostitution and vice operation on July 8.
Internet advertisements for "escorts" and "adult" services were posted on July 10. Eight appointments at local hotels and motels were made by text, phone calls and email.
The release detailed that three appointments were made for July 12 between 7:00 p.m. and 12:15 a.m. On July 27 two appointments were made between 5:00 p.m. and 11:30 p.m.
The five people charged with soliciting sex for purchasing the services of any person engaged in prostitution including:
- Collins Edwin Idoko, 33
- Luther Allen Davis, 47
- Kelly J. Malone, 47
- Sujai Shriram, 30
- Demetrice Lashaun Hankerson, 29
Chief Jeff Johnson states, "There have been several news broadcasts about prostitution as well as predator acts solicited through the internet. This operation shows that our Home Town of Starke, Florida, isn't immune from the reach of the web or the activities initiated on the web. I hope the readers or viewers will note the addresses of these violators. If they will travel those distances to participate in acts of prostitution, it leaves one to wonder what other dangerous intentions will travel into our community at the push of a button or click of a mouse.
"Parents please monitor the social media activities of your children and have direct conversations with them about not only the dangers out on the web, but your true concerns for their safety in this ever evolving world of Social Media."
First Coast News