Wednesday, June 19, 2013
Pick Up A Prostitute, Lose Your Car
You see the signs: "Drive Drunk, Lose Your Car." According to Police, that's not the only thing that will make your wheels vanish if you get caught.
Original article posted Aug. 3, 2010
You see the signs all over Anchorage: "Drive Drunk, Lose Your Car." According to Anchorage Police, that's not the only thing that will make your wheels vanish if you get caught.
That's exactly what several men learned in late July during a prostitution sting in Spenard.
In total, police arrested seven men on charges of soliciting prostitution during the bust on July 29th. Of the seven men arrested, officers also impounded the cars of five of the men. Officers say the other two men solicited undercover officers while on foot.
The men arrested were 30-year-old Sione Faamoana Lima, 40-year-old Robert Russell Erdle, 44-year-old David Paul Ash, 48-year-old Michihiro Konno, 39-year-old Michael Lee Sexton, Carroll T. Roach and Everett Harold Sager.
All of the men now face one count of Solicitation for Prostitution.
According to city laws, anyone who picks up a prostitute while driving will have his or her car seized for 30 days. The owner of the car must then pay all towing, storage and impound fees, which can run several hundreds of dollars.
If this is the second prostitution related crime involving the vehicle, it will be seized and sold at auction.
Police say the reason behind the law is because the vehicle is an instrument of the crime, which in this case is prostitution.
Although prostitution is commonly known as the oldest profession, police say it is often linked to human trafficking and drug crimes, and that's why it's important to continue prostitution stings. Officers say in many cases the prostitutes themselves are victims of violence, drug addiction and sex slavery.