Two Hudson Valley Prostitution Stings Results In Eight Arrests
Two separate Hudson Valley sting operations targeting prostitution resulted in eight arrests Friday. The Ulster Regional Gang Enforcement Narcotics Team (URGENT) reports undercover officers responded to online ads offering sex services.
The morning sting targeted Beauty Body Spa on Broadway in Esopus. There, undercover agents received massages and were reportedly offered happy endings. The 2 unlicensed masseuse and manager were taken into custody and a search warrant was issued. Almost $10,000 was discovered as well as additional evidence of an active prostitution operation.
Later Friday, agents set up at an unnamed Saugerties motel and prepped for the second sting of the day. Undercover officers answered online sex acts and set up meetings with each of the suspects. As they arrived, a discussion was had with each regarding expected sexual acts and prices. After implicating themselves, they were taken into custody. Charges range from misdemeanor prostitution all the way up to felony possession of a controlled substance.