Atlantic City Police Arrest 25 in Prostitution Sweep
Atlantic City police arrested 25 people in a prostitution sweep on Pacific Avenue on Friday. The sweep was conducte by the Atlantic City Police Department’s Special Investigations Section along with members of the Atlantic County Prosecutor’s Office and Sheriff’s Department. 23 women and one man were charged with engaging in prostitution, including Atlantic City’s Ryan Brinson, 27; Simone M. Mason, 22; Zakysha J. Jones, 23; Karim F. Donaldson, 28; and Jade Alexander, 24; Samantha Bowe, 19, of Pleasantville; Nyrie Emslie, 25, and Stacy Sarokas, 30, of Mays Landing; and Deborah Shaul, 51, of Mullica Township.
Another woman, Latasha Brown, 22, of Somers Point, was charged with promoting prostitution. There was no information regarding how the investigation was conducted or what the evidence the State has. While I have won these cases before, they can be tough, especially in Atlantic City where the State does not really offer plea bargains for criminal cases. Thus, most of these defendants will have to plea out to the criminal charge or go to trial.
Others arrested were Kashmere Turner, 21, of Jersey City, Hudson County; Christi Elisarraras, 19, of Las Vegas; Aleya Perlin, 23, of Glassboro, Gloucester County; Trenia Alston, 20, of Bronx, N.Y.; London A. Mattews, 21, of East Orange, Essex County; Syniah Akinje, 19, of St. Albans, N.Y.; Shaquanda McDade, 20, of Camden; Dena R. McCaskey, 43, of Sheffield Lake, Ohio; Shakira Y. James, 26, of Naugatuck, Conn.; Laeloni Johnson, 21, of Jersey City; Elizabeth Waddell, 20, of Bellefontain, Ohio; Brenda Pizano, 25, of Woodland Hills, Calif.; Edna Shaffer, 27, of Baltimore; Shauna L. Lewis, 20, of Brooklyn, N.Y.; and Latrice V. Allen, 33, of Las Vegas
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