Seven men from KOTA Territory went to a Rapid City hotel Thursday expecting to pay for sex with a prostitute. Police say the men from Rapid City, Lead, Sturgis and Custer visited a Rapid City motel for one reason: they planned to hire a prostitute for sexual activity.
According to the Rapid City Police Department Communications Specialist Tarah Heupel , the men were responding to an online ad. Two of the men arrived with marijuana and were taken to jail.
The other five were cited and released.
In October, Rapid City Police conducted a similar operation, which led to the arrests of four people. Captain James Johns says prostitution is not a victimless crime and is happening in the area. "It is more of the ads that we're seeing and things of that nature - but it is occurring and there is a market for it here," Johns said.
Since the Department plans to continue their operation, no more details are available at this time.
The following men were arrested:
Gene King, 33 of Sturgis
Gabriel Olson, 31 of Rapid City
Clifford Dower, 58 of Lead
Michael Fischer, 43 of Rapid City
Ricky Woods, 50 of Custer
Jason Newman, 31 of Rapid City
Thomas Steele, 47 of Black Hawk
Hiring for sexual activity is a class 1 misdemeanor.