Three women and a man were arrested in a years-long prostitution investigation led by King County Sheriff’s Office detectives Thursday night.
The investigation–focused on locations in SeaTac, Kent, and Burien — started in 2008, but picked up momentum last year, said Sgt. Cindi West.
“The leads went cold and then, a few months ago, our detectives got more info about the situation,” West said.
After a sting operation, search warrants allowed detectives to seize three vehicles and a small amount of money in the raid, according to the Sheriff’s Office.
The women were booked into King County Jail for investigation of prostitution, money laundering, conspiracy and leading organized crime, while the 33-year-old man, a convicted felon, was booked into jail for possession of a loaded gun.
Both the man and a 37-year-old woman are being held in lieu of $10,000 bail. Court documents say the woman is being investigated for second-degree promotion of prostitution and trafficking.
West said the King County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office will review the suspects’ charges when the investigation is complete, but wasn’t sure how much longer that might take.
Detectives said three businesses and two residences have been involved in prostitution. Two of the businesses are in SeaTac; one is in Burien. One of the residences is in SeaTac and one is in Kent.