LAWRENCE — In a targeted effort to combat “Quality of Life” concerns, the Lawrence Police Street Crimes Unit, Lawrence Police Patrol Division, Massachusetts State Police High Risk Victims Unit, and Gang Unit recently conducted a prostitution sting operation, resulting in the arrest of seven males for soliciting sexual acts from undercover officers.
The sting took place around Broadway and Valley Street in District D, an area where law enforcement officials are actively addressing criminal activities and social issues.
A warrant has also been issued for an additional male suspect who fled the scene during the operation.
The individuals apprehended in the sting are facing charges for sexual conduct for a fee.
Those charged include Gustavo Luis Lozano, 32, Reymi Torres Arvelo, 31, Segundo Aguayza Pichasaca, 47, of Lowell, Rafael Anziani, 71, David Pierce, 44, of Haverhill, Tad Dennis, 48, of Hampton, NH, and Ludwin Zurita, 53, of Salem, NH.
Authorities emphasize that prostitution is not a victimless crime, highlighting the connection to human trafficking and exploitation of women.
The community is encouraged to report any suspicious activities or quality of life concerns by contacting the police department at [email protected] or using the anonymous tip line at https://new.tipsubmit.com/en/forms/lawpd.com/anonymous.
The tip line allows residents to provide information without revealing their identity, ensuring that tips about potential crimes, suspects, locations, and other relevant details can be shared securely to aid police investigations and community safety efforts.