A Boston Police officer and a state trooper posing as prostitutes Tuesday night into Wednesday snared 13 men who tried to pick them up for sex at Mass and Cass - offering to pay in either cash or drugs - the Suffolk County District Attorney's office reports.
While several reside in Boston neighborhoods, others list home addresses in Malden, Medford, Randolph, New Bedford and Orlando, Florida.
Only one of the men was actually taken into custody on the charge of soliciting a prostitute, after police discovered he had an outstanding warrant - for failing to show up in Dorchester court on a charge of violating an abuse prevention order and of breaking and entering. The rest were given summonses for later arraignments on the charge of soliciting a prostitute, the DA's office says.
According to the DA's office:
During the overnight hours Tuesday into Wednesday morning, officers from the Boston Police Department Human Trafficking Unit, the Boston Police Department Crimes Against Children Unit, the Boston Police Street Outreach Unit, the Massachusetts State Police High-Risk Victims Unit and Arlington Police Department conducted an undercover operation to reduce the demand for commercial sexual exploitation. During the operation, an undercover BPD officer and Massachusetts State Trooper posed as trafficking victims working as sex workers in the area of Massachusetts Avenue and Melnea Cass Boulevard. A total of 13 men agreed to provide cash or drugs in return for sexual acts from an undercover officers for prostitution. The men range in age 25 to 64.
This is not the first time law enforcement has gone after men as either johns or pimps at Mass and Cass.