Police have arrested a woman on charges that she sold sex out of her boyfriend's home. Police say for at least the last three months, Amy D. Olson, 34, has been working as a prostitute, advertising her services on the online classified advertising site Craigslist.
She was arrested yesterday in a sting operation involving detectives from Hanover, Marshfield and Scituate. Scituate Detective Lt. The home, at 3 Alden Ave. Olson was arraigned today at Hingham District Court on charges of prostitution and possession of marijuana. Although arrests are rare, there is ample evidence that prositution exists on the South Shore.
Scituate has not had a prostitution arrest in at least five years. A Patriot Ledger survey of a two-week period last year found postings in the "erotic" section on Craigslist by people identifying themselves as living on the South Shore or willing to visit. Some offered free services, but most listings included hourly rates or requested donations. A check today showed local listings for the past six weeks.
Quincy had the most, with Scituate had just four. In May, a Craigslist advertiser from Weymouth was charged with running a prostitution ring from a house in Dedham. Michael Venuti, who said he has been Olson's boyfriend for five years, denied she is a prostitute. Showing a catalogue from a company called Pure Romance, he said his girlfriend had been selling sex toys, but not sex.
He said the toys in the catalogue are for women, "but believe it or not, guys are interested, too. Stewart said police received a tip three months ago from someone who had seen a posting on Craigslist advertising sex from Scituate. Police discovered additional postings, including one that offered "full services catering to most fetishes" from a "unique woman with unique ways. The ad was still posted today, dated July 11, from a woman giving her name as Victoria and her age as Some of the messages included pictures of a woman with sex toys that did not show the person's face. Detectives communicated with the author of the messages online and over the phone, Stewart said.
An undercover detective arranged to meet the woman at Scituate Harbor. When he got there and called the woman, she directed him to the Alden Avenue home.
Stewart said the undercover detective had a radio transmitter on as he spoke with Olson inside the house. After money was exchanged, detectives broke down the door because Olson wasn't answering.
Police seized two laptops and a small amount of marijuana. Stewart said the investigation is ongoing while police look through client books.
Stewart said he believes Olson was acting alone. He said there is enough evidence from her statements and online postings to show she was offering more than just sex toys.
I don't believe these cops whatsoever," he said. Neighbors said Venuti works many hours each week, so it is possible he did not know what was going on when he was not there.
One neighbor who asked not to be named said she has seen a variety of cars at the house, and last year, a bunch of teenagers coming and going. A in front of the home advertised notary services and Mannetech vitamins.
Stewart said police are increasingly finding out about sex and drug trafficking through online solicitations. Police are aware of other postings for sex services that could have come from people living in town.
Jennifer Mann may be reached at jmann ledger. Craigslist sting nets sex for sale arrest; hundreds of local 'erotic' services. By Jennifer Mann.
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