Police suspect Internet prostitution in Danville


A routine traffic stop resulted in the arrests of two teenagers on prostitution charges, and could lead to further charges in what police say may be an Internet prostitution operation.

Lt. Mark Williams of the Danville Police Department said the incident occurred at 1 p.m., Friday, Oct. 24, at the Best Western Motel on Camino Ramon. K-9 Officer Mike Ireland was on routine patrol when he saw four people getting into a vehicle outside the motel. The individuals seemed nervous and in a hurry to leave the motel parking lot.

Ireland ran the plates on the vehicle, which came back with no file. In making a second attempt to run the plates, Ireland noticed that the vehicle was missing its front plate, so he affected a traffic stop.

When two of the females gave Ireland false names he asked all four to exit the vehicle while his K-9 partner Donna conducted an exterior search of the vehicle. When the dog indicated it smelled something in the trunk a search was done, turning up a small amount of marijuana and a notebook containing payment information for sexual services, according to police reports.

The two women, both juveniles from Fresno, were taken into custody where they later admitted to prostitution, according to records. They are both being held on prostitution charges at Juvenile Hall in Martinez, as well as giving false information to a police officer. Drug possession charges were filed against one of the pair.

Williams said the investigation leads them to believe the foursome placed ads on Internet sites like Craigslist seeking clients for prostitution. He said they would stay in one place if they were making money, if not they would move on.

Investigators have contacted the Contra Costa District Attorney's Office and are seeking charges against the male and older female as pimps for the two juveniles. The pair could face charges of pimping a minor, reckless endangerment of juveniles, enticing a juvenile for prostitution, and contributing to the delinquency of a minor.

— Geoff Gillette


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Posted by So Sad
a resident of Danville
on Oct 31, 2008 at 2:37 am

This story is so sad. Why does the article refer to the girls as "women" in the same sentence that it says they are juveniles? They're not women, they're girls. There are no words to describe the sadness of this story.

If adult men in this area are paying to have sex with underage girls, this situation should be given top priority by our police dept so that word gets out that this behavior won't be tolerated here.

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Posted by Danville Counseling
a resident of Danville
on Oct 31, 2008 at 7:40 am

Unfortunately here's another example of how the internet has added to the problem of sex addiction and illicit sex with minors. Another thing I see more of these days, is how females are just as likely to engage in this process of objectification. I believe this is due to the unbelievable amount of pornography available online. As parents, we need to work even harder to keep our children on the straight and narrow. Nevermind, ourselves...

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Posted by josh
a resident of Danville
on Oct 31, 2008 at 1:02 pm

it's horrifying. desensitized by the saturation of sex for entertainment, sexual abuse, sex in advertisements and sex in accessibility. it's sad that it's reaching into our area, our home. hopefully, there will be something that we can do on a social level and not just wait on authorities to crack down on it when it surfaces.

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Posted by shocking!
a resident of Danville
on Oct 31, 2008 at 1:39 pm

not the first time ive seen prostitutes down by that dennys...

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Posted by Rick Pshaw
a resident of Danville
on Nov 3, 2008 at 10:34 pm

Hey Shocking!

Why didn't you call the police the "first time" you saw prostitutes down by that dennys?

Rick Pshaw

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Posted by standupandfight
a resident of Danville
on Nov 5, 2008 at 7:06 am

The fight is not over for oppressed groups. Let's turn our attention to the reality that females, who constitute more than 50% of our nation, continue to be oppressed economically and socially. Trafficking in women for purposes of the sexual gratification of men is big money in the world outside of Danville. For all of us who felt that Prop 8 supporters should get outside Danville to see the "real world", ALL OF US need to jump on the bandwagon to protect females with the same fervor. As long as females earn 72 cents on the dollar for the same job as men, as long as men continue to create life and abandon their families economically and socially, women will turn to prostitution to earn money simply to earn a living. Men, if you have children, support them. Even if you don't, refuse to let your needs for sexual gratification bring you to the point of "using" women who have no other economic choice to support themselves. No one becomes a prostitute because it's fun - it's a job that pays the bills despite the reality that beatings and disease are part of the job. Just like the other segments of society who will remain downtrodden, female paid sex workers are oppressed and deserve our pity and support, while the men who frequent the should be publicly humiliated. Paid sex workers go where there is demand, and clearly the men of Danville have spoken with their pocketbooks. Shame on our town.

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Posted by Open Your Eyes
a resident of Danville
on Dec 10, 2008 at 1:39 pm

You all are assuming the customers are men, not boys. Seems at least as likely to me that the customers are juveniles themselves, or darn close to it. We need to spend more time watching our own kids.

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