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Six men arrested for prostitution solicitation

Washington County Sheriff’s Office (WCSO) detectives, assisted by the FBI, arrested six men involved in prostitution last week.

On Dec. 11, county child abuse detectives organized an operation that focused on the “demand” side of prostitution, said Sgt. Bob Ray of WCSO.

Among the men arrested were Jose Garcia-Perez, 48, a resident of Cornelius, and Darrell Gwin, 53, a resident of Vernonia.

“Detectives were also searching for information on juveniles involved in human trafficking, individuals trafficking juveniles and locations within Washington County where the crimes are occurring,” Ray said.

Detectives used a website to locate the potential prostitution customers. The customers then responded to a local hotel where they were subsequently arrested for Patronizing a Prostitute.

All six men were lodged in the Washington County Jail. They were each charged with Patronizing a Prostitute. They will have court dates scheduled at a later time.

“Detectives attempt to eliminate human trafficking of people of all ages and reduce the ancillary crimes associated,” said Ray.

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