Underage prostitution happens more often you might think. Often the connections and offers are made over the Internet. KELOLAND News was given unprecedented access to go behind the scenes for an exclusive story with the Division of Criminal Investigation to catch a predator.
Don Jorgensen: We are working with the DCI in an undercover prostitution sting and with me is Troy Boone with the DCI. Talk a little bit about what's going to happen here tonight?
Troy Boone: What's going to happen is our agents will interact with people on the internet and we posted some ads for underage prostitution and after their ads are answered by people throughout the region, we'll have them travel to this house that we're set up with cameras and set up with audio recording devices and have them come to the location for the purpose of underage prostitution and they will be arrested.
Don: Let's walk through the house here; kind of tell me what's going to happen out here?
Troy: They will come into the living room area where they will be greeted by an undercover officer and they will talk about what is going to take place in the house and after that the undercover officer is comfortable with the knowledge that person has about why they're at the house. Then that undercover officer will leave and an arrest team will come and arrest the subject.
Don: The arrest team, how many people are we talking about, hidden right back here?
Troy: Correct, they'll be hidden out of sight in another location in the house and they will come through the house and arrest the person in the house so there's not any chance that person can flee.
Don: You talk about this house being wired, seven cameras are set up hidden? Let's go into the nerve center.
Troy: What we got is a room, we've set up in the house and in this room, we've got audio surveillance, we got video surveillance and we also got our undercover officers online chatting with subjects as we speak.
Don: And if everything comes together what's going to happen?
Troy: We'll see them come in the front door on the video and the video and audio will all be recorded and that all will take place after they've been contacted by undercover officers online.
Don: And once they come in the arrest is made?
Watch Monday's Eye on KELOLAND on KELOLAND News at 10 to see what happened during the sting.