Recently, the Ocala Police Department conducted a recorded undercover prostitution operation in a three block radius of South Pine Avenue, Ocala.
In one incident, an undercover officer posing as a “John” met with a known prostitute in the area, Lindsay Wilson, 28.
Wilson told the “John” that she would have anal and oral sex for $50.00.
During her arrest, Wilson told police that she needed to exchange sex for money because she needed antibiotics.
Wilson was arrested and charged with Prostitution. Wilson is a convicted felon with multiple arrests.
Also arrested, were known prostitutes Deanna Keiper, 22, and Shannon Leslie, 54.
Keiper told the “John” that she would do “everything” in exchange for $80.00.
Keiper has a drug habit and needed the money to purchase drugs.
According to Keiper, she has committed prostitution more than 2,000 times since the age of 16.
At the time of her arrest, Keiper was in possession of a dirty heroin needle.
She was charged with Prostitution and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.
Leslie told the undercover officer that she would do anything but anal for $40.00.
Leslie is also addicted to drugs.
She refused to cooperate with police.
She was arrested and charged with Prostitution and Drug Paraphernalia.
All three women have bonded out of jail.
Many feel prostitution is a victimless crime and should be legalized in the U.S. However, law enforcement officials say prostitution is a quick way to spread disease.
We want to hear from you. Do you think prostitution should be legalized?