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The City of Pineville is located in Rapides Parish, situated about midway between Baton Rouge and Shreveport in central Louisiana. and has a a population of about 15,000. Prostitution and sex trafficking activity have been well-documented in the city of Pineville, and in the surrounding communities and unincorporated areas of Rapides Parish. This activity and the problems and ancillary crimes it generates results in complaints to law enforcement agencies from residents and businesses.
In May, 2018 the Pineville Police Department arrested four subjects in connection with an armed robbery that stemmed from solicitation of prostitution. The preliminary investigation showed that arrangements were made for two subjects to meet at a Pineville hotel for an exchange of sexual intercourse for narcotics. The sex buyer arrived at the hotel room occupied by three individuals where he was held at gunpoint and robbed. Contact was made with all four parties involved and they were arrested on scene. The buyer was arrested for soliciting for prostitutes, and his identity publicly disclosed.
- Pineville Police Department
Reverse Sting, Shaming:
- http://www.kalb.com/content/news/4-suspects-arrested-in-connection-with-armed-robbery-prostitution-case-482090711.html (2018)
Sex Trafficking and Child Sexual Exploitation in the Area:
- “Man Accused of Offering Juvenile Money for Sex”, Alexandria Town Talk, January 30 2010.
- “2 Alexandria Men Charged on Juvenile-Sex Crimes”, Alexandria Town Talk, September 29 2011.
- “4 Pineville Men, 2 Alexandria Teens Face Sex Charge Involving Teenage Girls”, Alexandria Town Talk, December 8 2012.
- “Alexandria Police Arrest 6 in Child Sex Trafficking Case”, Alexandria Town Talk, July 31 2013.
- “Sex Offender Indicted on Charges of Child Trafficking and Pandering by Prostitution,” NBC/KPLC-TV 7, August 27 2015.
- “Alexandria Man Facing 5 Human Trafficking, Other Charges,” Alexandria Town Talk, September 10 2015.
Documented Violence against Individuals Engaged in Prostitution in the Area:
Background on Prostitution in the Area:
- “Prostitutes Arrested in Stakeout“, Alexandria Town Talk, November 20 1999.
- “Police Sting Nets 3 Prostitutes”, Alexandria Town Talk, May 12 2000.
- “Prostitution Arrests”, Alexandria Town Talk, January 29 2004.
- “6 Local Women Booked on Prostitution Charges”, Alexandria Town Talk, March 12 2004.
- “4 Women Facing Prostitution Counts”, Alexandria Town Talk, May 5 2005.
- “Police Surveillance Cameras Now Going Up in Alexandria”, Alexandria Town Talk, July 28 2005.
- “Prostitution Sting Results in 9 Arrests”, Alexandria Town Talk, August 9 2005.
- “Drug, Prostitution Raid Leads to Arrest of 12 at Residence”, Alexandria Town Talk, February 21 2006.
- “18 Arrested in Prostitution Sting in Alexandria”, CBS/WAFB-TV 9, June 9 2006.
- “Alexandria Police Say Operations to Continue in Effort to Cut Crime”, Alexandria Town Talk, April 18 2009.
- “5 Women Charged with Prostitution in Alexandria”, Alexandria Town Talk, May 10 2012.
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