Prostitution crackdown ends in several arrests

and chris conrad

Medford and Central Point police teamed up to target the local sex trade, arresting three men suspected of soliciting prostitution and four women suspected of working as prostitutes this week.

The police departments each had uncovered information online and from informants that led them to suspect prostitution was happening, Medford police Lt. Tim Doney said.

Last year, Medford police targeted johns with a fake Craigslist escort service ad, a technique used successfully elsewhere. News reports show that police across the country regularly monitor and use the online classified ad site to target prostitution.

Using information passed online and through escort services, Medford and Central Point detectives conducted stings at an undisclosed local motel Tuesday and Wednesday.

"We are doing these people a favor," Medford police Deputy Chief Tim George said. "Prostitution is a dangerous business. You never know who is behind the door, and they better thank their lucky stars it's us."

Cited and released on prostitution charges linked with soliciting were Rickie Lee Davis, 52, of Chico, Calif.; Jason Dale Campbell, 37, of the 2900 block of Agate Meadow Circle, White City; and Bryan Michael Hawkins, 29, of the 3600 block of Antelope Road, White City.

Cited and released on prostitution charges linked with engaging in prostitution were Elizabeth Malette Kanita, 27, of the 2100 block of Table Rock Road, Medford; Danielle Sherice Smith, 30, of Grants Pass; Annette Marie Wilson, 34, of the 2800 block of Ross Lane, Medford; and Racheal Lynn Bradley, 27, of the 1800 block of Inner Circle, Medford.

Prostitution charges, which cover both the selling and buying of sexual acts, are misdemeanors.

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