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Prostitution Crackdown in Roseville Has One Adult Escort Thinking Twice

There have been more than 30 prostitution-related arrests in Roseville in 2012, police say.

“Beth,” a 21-year-old adult escort based out of Minneapolis, promises “pure relaxation” and a “great, private in-call shower” in her ads on websites such as Backpage.com.

She said she “goes out to Roseville every once in awhile” but has been cautious about the city since she noticed a rash of arrests about a year ago.

“I had a girlfriend who did have some trouble out there,” she said. “The cops came and got her; I don’t remember the exact scenario.”

For Corey Yunke, Roseville’s crime analyst, hesitant escorts are evidence that the police department’s strategy of targeted stings is working.

There have been more than 50 incidents related to prostitution in Roseville in 2012 and more than 30 arrests, according to police data.

“When we call, they’re not even interested in doing anything in Roseville,” Yunke said. “It doesn’t necessarily erase it, but it pushes it out of Roseville. If they’re afraid to go to Roseville, that’s a good thing.”

Yunke said about half of the department’s prostitution-related arrests have been of johns.

“The arresting process for johns can be controlled “easier” by posing as an illegal escort service and arresting on site,” he wrote in an email. “Whereas, prostitutes are found by third-party complaints, ads posted by prostitutes/pimps, ad hoc observation, etc.”

Beth, the adult escort with Roseville experience, said that she’s been working on and off for about two years.

“I had a lot of ex-girlfriends who were doing the whole stripper thing, and a couple of us started working as escorts,” she said. “Some of them have stayed with it and others have moved into the sugar daddy thing.”

Beth, a Mankato native, said that while she herself had never been arrested, younger, greener escorts are more susceptible to being picked up by police.

“Phone conversations are a big [trap],” she said. “You need to be able to phrase things correctly, have a general vibe. You need to be able to leave if things don’t feel right.”

mrsrobinson December 03, 2012 at 05:39 PM
Now why does Yunke care what other CONSENTING ADULTS are doing in their homes or hotels? It's leagl to be a escort and chareg for your time and companionship, and is it really necessary for us to spend 250 million in tax dollars every year polcing the sex lives of our citizens. Yunke needs ot get over it as these women are not going anywhere, these are OUR COMMUNITES too. To learn more about the myths and misconceptions surrounding sex work go to http://www.facebook.com/groups/coyoteri/ or see the trailer at www.americancourtesans.com
Anonymous December 03, 2012 at 09:07 PM
Mrsrobinson, Are you a resident of Roseville? I know as a Roseville business I do not want to see this in the area. They are charging for much more than "companionship" and if you really believe that is all I guess ignorance is bliss.The average age of entry into prostitution is 13 years, that does not sound like a consenting adult to me. The additional crimes that surround "escorts" is the true problem. I do not want to see drugs, prostitution, child trafficking, people being robbed so on and so. It is happening all over the Twin Cities, prostitution is ILLEGAL and the PD is doing a great job trying to control this issue in Roseville as this article clearly states.
Kevin Hollins December 05, 2012 at 04:47 AM
Did the police say there were some 13 yr olds arrested. Your neighbors are the clients of these prostitutes
TimBuckTwo December 05, 2012 at 01:29 PM
Why not legalize it and control/govern the biz? Keeping children and other trafficking related people out of this is priority one. Lets end the prohibition and concentrate on the peripheral issues that really matter as noted above (drugs, child workers, theft, etc.)
Zac Farber (Editor) December 05, 2012 at 07:19 PM
When police find underage women involved in prostitution, they are treated as victims and not arrested. Yunke has told me that while Roseville Police have encountered some underage escorts, the vast majority of women they come across are 18 or older.

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