17 Arrested For Allegedly Trying To Solicit Open-Air Prostitutes: REPORT

A prostitute seen amid vehicular traffic in East New York. [Screenshot/The New York Post]

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The police in New York City arrested 17 people between August 18 and 25 for allegedly trying to solicit prostitutes plying their trade in broad daylight, the New York Post reported.

Ten of the 17 persons were arrested early on August 18 while allegedly looking for sex along Wortman and Alabama avenues and Malta Street in Brooklyn, East New York, the report noted. The others were arrested a week later. (RELATED: Couple Facing Charges For Springing Women Out Of Jail, Allegedly Forcing Them Into Sex Trade)

Among the 17 arrestees is Walter Barnes, 53, a registered level-3 sex offender who had served at least four years in prison, per the report. Barnes had been repeatedly arrested for various crimes since 1984 and was charged in 2014 for allegedly repeatedly raping a woman while impersonating a New York Police Department (NYPD) officer, NBC New York reported.

The arrests followed a separate New York Post report on the resurgence of prostitution in East New York redolent of the 1990s. There have been 11 shootings in the area between 2021 and 2023, five of which were related to prostitution, the New York Post noted. Some of the prostitutes are reportedly underage and the police reportedly offer support and a way out of prostitution to them while arresting pimps and clients.

Editors Note: A previous version of this story stated that one of the individuals arrested was reported by the New York Post to be a professor at CUNY’s Jon Jay College of Criminal Justice. The New York Post cited a school spokesperson, who mistakenly confirmed that the individual, Chernor Barrie, was employed at the college. In fact, the college has now confirmed that the individual arrested is a different person by the same name as the professor. This story has been updated to remove the statements connecting the suspect to CUNY.