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4 woman arrested in Fort Pierce online prostitution sting

Fort Pierce online prostitution sting

4 woman arrested in Fort Pierce online prostitution sting.

FORT PIERCE, Fla. – Fort Pierce Police undercover officers arrested four women they say solicited sex using online advertisements.

Phaedra Pierce, of Lake Worth, Jeanette Carrero Rivera, of Miami, Tanesha Chilton, of Fort Pierce, and Angela Austin-Knight, of Vero Beach, are charged with prostitution.

The officers occasionally search through Backpage.com ads . They are looking for coded language that might suggest the women could be prostitutes.

Human Trafficking is on the rise in Florida. The Florida Department of Children and Families counted nearly 1,900 reports of human trafficking statewide in 2016, a 54 percent increase from the previous year.

Then, the officers arranged to meet the women between Oct. 19 and 22 at undisclosed locations and agreed to a price for sexual activities.

Each of the arrests are unrelated cases, records show.

The four women were taken to the St. Lucie County Jail. They were released on bond.

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