IMPD nabs dozens in prostitution investigation

(WISH Photo, file)
(WISH Photo, file)

INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) – Undercover detectives arrested 61 people in a prostitution sting.

Investigators with the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department used undercover detectives to meet the suspects at motels across the city. In some cases, ads were placed online offering sex acts for payment.

The investigation also yielded 21 towed vehicles, $650 in cash, and some marijuana. Once arrested, many of the suspects are ordered to take classes to learn about the dangers of prostitution.

24-Hour News 8, talked with one of the lead undercover investigators, we concealed his identity during the interview.

He adds the prostitution sting here locally was part of a bigger investigation nationally.

Indy participated in a Super Bowl Sex Trafficking sting. That included 27 law enforcement agencies from 15 states. That resulted in 373 arrests across the country.

Sue Spicer lives in the Willard Park neighborhood. She adds prostitution has been a problem in her area because abandon homes line her street. She adds that prostitutes and Johns use those homes to carry out their crimes.
That’s why she welcomes I-M-P-D’s sting operations.

“Any time they can focus on our problems it is something we look forward to,” said Spicer. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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