DANVILLE, Ill. (WCIA) — Nine people have been busted in a prostitution sting. Danville Patrol Commander Terry McCord says they kept getting calls about the problem on the city’s west side, but before they could arrest anyone, they had to build a case against them.
“We received complaints from the public, from businesses of prostitution in the area,” explained McCord. “The complaints were of females walking in the ar, being picked up by men, always up and down, walking on the streets.”
But to be able to catch them, police had to get enough proof that something illegal was happening.
“We went out undercover officers in plain clothes to see… would they be approached by the suspected prostitutes? And we came up with probable cause from that and made arrests,” he explained.
McCord says they want people to bring issues like these to their attention. “It’s important to us as a police department to really know what’s going on out there and we have to hear that from the public. We have to hear it from the business owners. We have to hear it from the people that work and travel in the city every day.”
Police are still keeping a close eye on the area where this happened. They say the problem there had been getting worse recently, and they didn’t want it spiraling into more crime. The following men were charged with solicitation of a prostitute.
- Gary W. Claywell, 69.
- Jose A. Cardenas Jr., 44. Also charged with driving with a revoked license.
- Gerald W. Brown, 69.
- Lewis W. Cooper, 64.
- Thomas C Waddell, 61. Also charged with driving with a revoked license.
- Jesse F. Wyer, 68.
- Garry M. Lynn, 74.
DPD officers arrested two women on prostitution charges: 33-year-old Starlina M. Greene, and 43-year-old Tricia D. Yeager.
Danville Rescue Mission Director Daniel Offett says people who end up in situations of prostitution often do it because they’re in a tough spot.
“Either they’re homeless or they have a drug problem, and people are taking advantage of people because of that,” said Offett. That’s why they offer a place for those people to stay. “You have the help systems, the support systems at these places.” The Danville Rescue Mission offers food and shelter for people, seven days a week. They also help those people connect to services to get them back on their feet. They can be reached at: (217) 446-7223. Their women’s shelter is called Dayspring. Their phone number is: (217) 274-7424.