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Several Arrests in Downtown Springfield Prostitution Ring

(Springfield, MO) -- In early February, police served a search warrant at the Landmark Building on the corner of Jefferson and Olive. An anonymous citizen called police about suspicious activity on the third floor of the building.
(Springfield, MO) -- We're learning new information about a three-month investigation into a prostitution ring in downtown Springfield.

In early February, police served a search warrant at the Landmark Building on the corner of Jefferson and Olive.

An anonymous citizen called police about suspicious activity on the third floor of the building.

Police discovered that several women were allegedly using two rooms in the building to meet men for sexual encounters.

An undercover officer confronted and interviewed one of the women involved. She told police a man and woman who rent the rooms would arrange the meetings with men through a website called backpage.com.

Police say while prostitution isn't unheard of in Springfield, an elaborate operation like this is rare.

"To have a prostitution ring where it's choreographed and staged and the girls know what time to show up and somebody is doing something for them, that's rare," says Cpl Matt Brown. "But to have a girl working the street like you see in the movies or on TV, that happens."

Police seized several items from the rooms at the Landmark and another residence related to the ring.

There have been several arrests in the case but no charges have been filed. The investigation continues.
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