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Boardman police arrest 12 on prostitution related charges



Published: Mon, June 23, 2014 @ 12:08 p.m.

BOARDMAN

Twelve people were arrested on prostitution-related charges late Thursday in a sting operation conducted by the Township police.

”We were seeing that prostitutes were soliciting in Boardman, so we did an operation to arrest the ones we could that night,” said Sgt. Michael Hughes.

The operation took place in the 1000 block of Tiffany Boulevard, where undercover officers arranged meetings with people they believed to be involved in soliciting prostitution.

Seaniece McKelvin, 21 of Warren, Cherelle McKelvin, 19 of Warren, Amy Jo Begeot, 28, of Girard, Jessica Maxwell, 33, of Youngstown, Taylor Bracy, 21, of Youngstown, Michelle Harris, 28, of Youngstown, Sade Elliott, 23, of Youngstown, Constance Adams, 24, of New Waterford, Meschelle Alli, 36, of Youngstown, Kiana Powell, 27, of Niles, and Aaliyah Clark, 19, of Youngstown were charged with soliciting prostitution.

Matthew Pupio, 29 of Boardman, was arrested on I-680 and charged with compelling prostitution and criminal tools.

Bracy, Alli, Maxwell, Seaniece McKelvin, Cherelle McKelvin, and Begeot were also charged with criminal tools.

The Boardman Police Department received assistance from officers from the FBI and the Mahoning Valley Violent Crimes Task Force for the operation.

The sting operation was very successful, according to Sgt. Hughes.


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1NBees(44 comments)posted 3 months ago

Okay, now I am curious... what exactly are those "criminal tools" for prostitution? Condoms?

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2walter_sobchak(1910 comments)posted 3 months ago

Cellphones used to engage in a business transaction for sexual services. And a whole purse full of condoms! I have been telling family family members to book rooms on Tiffany since it is not a truck stop. Apparently it is becoming another I80/Rte 46 interchange.

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3handymandave(474 comments)posted 3 months ago

This activity (prostitution) has been around since the beginning of time. Yep, the crackdown on these gals are gonna make it all go away

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4Ypsi(57 comments)posted 3 months ago

Hey, how about arresting/prosecuting their customers? The prostitutes wouldn't be there if they didn't have people buying their services.

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5DwightS(6 comments)posted 2 months, 4 weeks ago

It is likely some of the arrested have been compelled or even forced to engage in trafficking.

Beneath the surface of these kinds of incidents, there are often large organized efforts specifically designed to enslave children and young adults.

Although the legalization and taxation of such services would bring many financial benefits to our community; it would also attract the organized criminal elements that enslave children and young adults.

These are dangerous and ruthless individuals who are making millions of dollars trading slaves. I appreciate the efforts of BPD to quell street walking. Street walking is like the subbasement of the mansion; but it is a start.

I would like to see five times the resources used for this sting to go after the slave traders. And see their victims aided in becoming normal functioning members of society.

I do recognize that some street walkers are there because they themselves made the choice to do so. I don't recommend that we prosecute these persons quickly, rather seek to use them to gain information about the real problem. And consider legalization and regulation.

As was pointed out above, legalization and regulation begins to shine a light on a dark and difficult problem in society. The kind of problem that any of our children can be victimized by more easily then any of us care to imagine.

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