Bellevue police arrest more than 100 in undercover prostitution sting

One of the more than 100 arrested was a Bothell man

Investigators with the Bellevue Police Department and the King County Sheriff’s Office concluded a large scale undercover operation aimed at targeting online buyers of sex in King County on Sept. 1.

The investigation, dubbed “Operation On Demand,” resulted in the arrest of over 100 individuals for soliciting prostitution, including a 42-year-old Bothell man. Those individuals were expected to be charged by Bellevue city prosecutors with soliciting prostitution, a misdemeanor, beginning that afternoon.

Law enforcement throughout King County has been targeting buyers of sex as part of an ongoing push to reduce the demand for prostitution with the goal being to reduce human trafficking in the Eastside region. Demand reduction has been proven to be an effective method of reducing the demand for prostitution and the demand for trafficked sex workers, police say.

“A year ago, the Bellevue Police Department and the King County Sheriff’s Office dismantled a large scale human trafficking ring,” Bellevue Police Chief Steve Mylett said. “This operation is a continuation of our effort to eradicate human trafficking crimes. We will continue to devote our combined resources to combat this plague.”

This investigation was a joint operation involving the Bellevue Police Department, King County Sheriff’s Office, NORCOM 911, the Washington State Fusion Center, and the City of Bellevue Prosecutor’s Office.

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