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14 women arrested during prostitution sting in New Haven

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Police arrested 14 women in connection with sting targeting prostitution in New Haven.  (WFSB file photo) Police arrested 14 women in connection with sting targeting prostitution in New Haven.  (WFSB file photo)
NEW HAVEN, CT (WFSB) -

Police arrested 14 women in connection with sting targeting prostitution in New Haven. 

The arrests were made in the Fair Haven and Dwight – Kensington neighborhoods as the New Haven Police Department Narcotics and Criminal Intelligence Units were "targeting the illegal sex industry." 

Police said residents were "fed up" and are "reporting this activity more often than ever."  

“People want their neighborhoods back and we will do everything possible to make that happen”, New Haven Police Detective Lieutenant Herbert Johnson said in a statement on Wednesday. “As someone who’s previously worked as Fair Haven’s District Manager, I’ve seen, first-hand, the effects of this type of crime…Quality-of-life issues and those more tangible. Children needn’t see dirty condoms littering alley-ways on their way to school”, 

The following were charged with prostitution:

  • Monica Woodard, 27, of New Haven
  • Gerrica Nichols, 25, of New Haven
  • Jessica Hernandez, 39, of New Haven
  • Jyreete Greene, 32, of New Haven
  • Antoinette Neal, 24, of New Haven
  • Brenda Martinez, 45, of New Haven
  • Jade Olsen, 32, of New Haven
  • Roxanne Raccio, 55, of New Haven
  • Jennifer Ballester, 33, of New Haven
  • Leila Rivera, 49, of New Haven
  • Teresea Mercer, 50, of New Haven
  • Joanna Rivera, 39, of New Haven
  • Dorothy Miller, 59, of New Haven
  • Kelli Spencer, 36, of New Haven

Police said they "do not see prostitution as a victimless crime" because it can be "indirectly connected to other crimes including drug distribution, robbery and trespassing."

“We are hopeful that those arrested will avail themselves of social services available through the courts. We don’t want to keep arresting the same people," Johnson said. 

The New Haven Police Department thanked the residents for their help. 

“Undercover stings aren’t easy to undertake. The detectives and officers were on-point. They represented our department well," New Haven Police Department Narcotics Unit Sergeant Craig Dixon said. 

Police said they targeting Johns, people who pay for sex, in their upcoming stings. 

To see mugshots from this sting, click here.

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