CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas — Seven women and one man were arrested Thursday afternoon during a Corpus Christi Police Department anti-prostitution sting conducted in several neighborhoods frequented by prostitutes.
The anti-prostitution sting targeted neighborhoods in the city's northside and westside and was conducted by the CCPD's Narcotics and Vice Investigations Division. Police said over the course of the operation, arrests were made for charges ranging from prostitution and criminal trespass to terroristic threats and public lewdness.
According to police, among those arrested were a 44-year-old woman and a 35-year-old man who officers observed engaging in sexual conduct in a public place. They were charged with public lewdness.
One woman was charged with felony prostitution due to previous convictions. The other five women were arrested after soliciting an undercover police officer for sex acts in exchange for money.
Police said their NVID detectives had the help of Operations Division Crime Reduction Officers as well as the Red Cord Initiative, a prostitution diversion program that aims to provide support for those involved in prostitution. The program offers sex workers the chance to address the problems they have faced throughout their lifetime and seek out case management, health services, job training, substance abuse treatment and other social services.
Two of the seven women who were arrested during Thursday's operation agreed to participate in the Red Cord Program, according to police. Those who complete the program will have their cases dismissed by the Nueces County District Attorney's Office.