8 arrested in Pasco prostitution sting operation

8 arrested in Pasco prostitution sting operation

Eight people were arrested in a prostitution sting operation in Pasco on Sunday, according to the Pasco Police Department.

Two men and six women were taken into custody during the operation, which lasted from about 4 p.m. to midnight, in an effort to catch sex traffickers and their victims, said Pasco Police Sgt. William Parramore.

The men, Edward Leon Nelson and Efrain Gonzalez, were arrested on suspicion of promoting prostitution.

The woman are accused of prostitution, but their names are not being released until police determine whether they were victims of sex trafficking. Detectives will be interviewing the women on Monday as part of their investigation.

No juveniles were taken into custody during the operation.

Sgt. Parramore said a prostitution sting operation is normally done once or twice a year in Pasco in an effort to combat sex trafficking.

The operation was conducted in partnership with the Franklin County Prosecutor’s Office and the Support, Advocacy and Resource Center (SARC), a Tri-Cities nonprofit that has been helping victims of sex crimes since 1977.

No other details are being released because the investigation is still active.

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