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Published February 07, 2012, 01:23 PM

Prostitution sting at Fargo hotel leads to three arrests

FARGO – Fargo police, with help from the Cass County Sheriff’s Office, arrested three women during a prostitution sting Monday at a Fargo motel. According to a news release from police, detectives called phone numbers listed in escort advertisements on a website – www.fargo.backpage.com – and in the adult entertainment classifieds section of The Forum.

By: Forum staff reports, INFORUM

FARGO – Fargo police, with help from the Cass County Sheriff’s Office, arrested three women during a prostitution sting Monday at a Fargo Motel.

According to a news release from police, detectives called phone numbers listed in escort advertisements on a website – www.fargo.backpage.com – and in the adult entertainment classifieds section of The Forum.

During the sting, four women met with an undercover officer and three of them allegedly agreed to engage in sexual activity for money, the release said.

Arrested on suspicion of prostitution were 46-year-old Wendy Marie Jojola and 35-year-old Kimberly Lea Lyles, both of Fargo, and 32-year-old Heather Marie Mattson, no permanent address. Mattson also was arrested on a Cass County parole warrant.

Police have received recurring information about prostitutes operating at numerous hotels in Fargo, but there was no current information about them operating at a Fargo motel, where the sting occurred, police said.

“However, the participating motel has taken the stance of cooperating with law enforcement to allow these stings to take place at the motel in an effort to deter this and other crimes. Their cooperation to help deter crime in their community is greatly appreciated,” the release stated.

Prostitution is a Class B misdemeanor punishable by up to 30 days in jail and a $1,000 fine.

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