February 9 2017
Police Arrest Three in Prostitution Sting
The Burlington Police Department has arrested three men as a result of a reverse prostitution sting that was part of a greater effort to crack down on sex crimes in multiple states.
Elisson Neo, 37, of Northborough, James O’Donovan, 48, of Newton and Edgard Sazo, 43, of Lynn were arrested and charged with Solicitation of Sexual Conduct for a fee, a release from the Burlington Police states.
Authorities say the three men were arrested on Friday, Feb. 3 at a hotel in town that partnered with Burlington Police to conduct the sting.
According to police, this was part of a two-and-a-half week operation with the National Johns Suppression Initiative, a joint effort between police agencies that targets the illegal sale of sex acts, which occurred from January 18 to February 5. Approximately 30 law enforcement groups across 15 states participated, and as a result police arrested 723 people for sex solicitation.
Burlington Police regularly conduct prostitution sweeps, focusing on those that occur over the internet using local hotels in town as meeting places, the release states. Since 2013, the Burlington Police Department has made 27 arrests from prostitution sting operations.
“The Burlington Police Department has been very proactive in its efforts to combat prostitution and human trafficking through the use of reverse stings and through social media,” Chief Michael Kent said. “We believe the reduced numbers from our most recent operation shows that those efforts are working.”
Following their arrests, Neto, O’Donovan and Sazo were transported and booked at the Burlington Police Department, and later released on bail.
About the National Johns Suppression Initiative:
The operation was conceived and launched by Illinois Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart in 2011 to bring further attention to the sex trafficking industry. Since the operations began, agencies from across the country have arrested more than 6,500 sex buyers and traffickers