An undercover detective, whom the department did not identify, responded to the ad after combing the adult services section of Pittsburgh.
He arranged to meet with Sally, whom police later identified as Sabina Earlene Sailer, on Wednesday night at the hotel on Cherrington Parkway. When the year-old Florida woman, who has a lengthy history of prostitution arrests outside of Pennsylvania, agreed to have sex with the detective in exchange for money, she was. A man police identified as her fiance, retired Pittsburgh Police narcotics detective Talib Kevin Ghafoor, 55, of East Liberty, was arrested outside the hotel and charged with three counts of felony prostitution and criminal conspiracy as well as one count of misdemeanor possessing instruments of crime.
Last year, his department charged 54 people with prostitution-related offenses in the township. Inthe department arrested just one person for the crime.
It could be because of a lot of things. McCarthy said Moon's proximity to the Pittsburgh International Airportalong with more than a dozen hotels located in the township, make it a prime location for suburban prostitution.
InMoon Police made multiple arrests that led to the closing of three massage parlors functioning as brothels on University Boulevard. Since then, the department has stepped up its enforcement of sex crimes.
Several months ago, Moon Police arrested a woman for prostitution in a residential neighborhood, though McCarthy said many people charged with sex crimes in Moon come from outside the township to engage in prostitution here. Everything's done by appointment here.
The detective who made Wednesday's arrest at the Courtyard hotel is tasked with periodically monitoring online websites, such as Back and Craigslistfor adult service. Just as Internet advertising makes it easy for prostitutes to reach out to potential clients, it also makes it relatively simple for law enforcement to set up undercover stings, McCarthy said.
It's right there in front of you online. He said hotel employees often call his department reporting suspicious activity. Detectives also have conducted "reverse stings," sending a female officer undercover as a prostitute to make an arrest. Jenna StaulPatch Staff.
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