Atlantic City police officers working undercover as prostitutes Friday night were apparently convincing.
Not only were four men arrested for engaging in prostitution, two real prostitutes tried to recruit the officers — and even introduced them to their pimp “the king,” Sgt. Rodney Ruark said.
The department conducts so-called “johns sweeps” at various times, using female officers portraying prostitutes with surveillance nearby and plainclothes officers on the street in case they are needed.
Atlantic City officers along with those from Absecon, Galloway Township and the Atlantic County Sheriff's Office conducted the operation.
It is an “effort to attack prostitution from both sides,” Ruark said. “Routinely, the police department arrests the female streetwalkers.”
Three men were arrested on charges of engaging in prostitution: Eric Wiggins, 43, of Galloway Township; Timothy Pettie, 28, and Jonathan Bordley, 30, of Pleasantville.
Wiggins also was charged with possession of an imitation controlled dangerous substance.
Also arrested was Sherman Green Jr., 36, of Atlantic City, who did not solicit the officers but offered them drugs. He was charged with solicitation of crack cocaine.
While two of the female officers were working, Toni Krampen and Sheron Singletary, both 23 and of Buffalo, N.Y., tried to recruit them to work as prostitutes, Ruark said.
The officers were introduced to Michael McDonald Jr., 34, also of Buffalo, who tried to have the women work for him in exchange for material goods, food, shelter and protection.
All three were charged with promoting prostitution and conspiracy, and were given bails of $10,000 each by Judge Bruce Ward.
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