On Thursday, July 11, 2013, The Hammond Police Department conducted a prostitution sting. A male police officer, in plain clothes, driving an undercover car, travelled the Downtown Hammond area. The goal of Thursday’s operation was to augment the same type of operation we had successfully completed about three weeks ago.
Again, the operation was fairly successful. Five women were arrested for prostitution, or obstruction of traffic.
The arrested: Gisele Ortiz age 47 of Calumet City and Alexis Hudson age 29 of Hammond, were both arrested and charged with obstruction of traffic.
Christine Martinez age 45 of Hammond, Melissa Martinear age 41 of Hammond, and Crystal Salter age 29 of Chicago were all charged with prostitution.
Alexis Hudson was arrested for prostitution in an identical sting by our police officers just three weeks prior.
Melissa Martinear was arrested for obstruction of traffic, prostitution related by me, about 20 years ago. Glad to see, some things never change. I reminded her of the arrest and told her it was good seeing her again. I don’t think she felt the same way.
Note: All subjects identified in this blog are to be considered innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.