STAFFORD, Va. (WRIC) — Three people have been arrested in a prostitution ring that was uncovered by the Stafford County Sheriff’s Office more than two weeks ago.
On April 11, a Stafford County deputy responded to the Days Inn, located at 14 Simpson Road, for a reported disturbance. An investigation led authorities to determine that multiple women were working as prostitutes at different hotels in the area.
An operation was put into motion to detain a suspect, known as “B,” who was reportedly acting as a pimp in the prostitution ring. Detectives working undercover initiated a sting operation to apprehend “B,” who was identified as Brian Lamont Turner.
Turner, a 38-year-old from Waynesboro, Virginia, unknowingly spoke with an undercover detective and “agreed to supply two women as prostitutes,” according to the Sheriff’s Office. Turner was then arrested in the parking lot of the Sleep Inn at 595 Warrenton Road.
An investigation revealed that several women had been recruited by Turner to work as prostitutes in the area. Turner reportedly told the women he would split the earnings with them and provide drugs and hotel rooms.
Turner has been charged with multiple counts of receiving money from the earning of a prostitute, the Sheriff’s Office said.
Two women, Latasha Taylor and Gabrielle Alexander, were also arrested as a result of the investigation. Taylor, a 33-year-old from Charlottesville with an outstanding warrant for contempt of court, was charged with prostitution and giving false identification to law enforcement.
Alexander, a 28-year-old from Louisa, was also arrested on an outstanding warrant for contempt of court.
In order to address concerns of prostitution and human trafficking crimes, authorities will increase patrols along the Route 17 corridor and continue an investigation into the area.
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