Prostitution in Bryan: A Dirty Secret (Pt. 2)

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You may not believe it, but prostitution is happening in your own backyard.
According to Bryan Police, over the past 12 months, 75 people, men and women, have been arrested for prostitution and solicitation of prostitution combined.
During that same time period, four people were arrested for promotion of prostitution.

Since citizen complaints started flowing in over a year ago, Bryan Police Department's Directed Deployment Team (DDT) has been battling the issue.

To show us the problem first hand, Bryan police let KBTX ride along on a prostitution sting.

Female officers are posing as prostitutes, while the team is nearby to make sure nothing goes wrong.

"So when we're dealing with prostitution, we're dealing with drug problems as well," Kyle Halbert, an officer with the Bryan Police Department said. "When we run these operations, we get illegal weapons, we get drugs and we get stolen property."

The operation got started near Ferro's Grocery on 21st Street.

Within the first hour of the sting, the team made three arrests.

One man for solicitation of prostitution and delivery of a controlled substance, and two other men for solicitation of prostitution.
After an hour of success, the team decides to head to the next location near Echols Street, where the female officers make another deal.

"What do you need," the female officer asked.

"Some p****," the man replied.

"Some p****," the officer asked. "How much you gonna pay?"

"$20," the man said.

"$20," the officer said. "That's good p**** for $20."

As soon as the deal is made, an agreement to pay for sex, the team moves in.
The guy was shocked at just what happened.

And it doesn't take long for the female officers to make another deal.

"I didn't pay for sex," one man said when we asked him what he was doing talking to the female officers.

While he continues to deny that the thought even crossed his mind, police have what he said earlier on tape.

"Tell me what you want," the female officer said. "You want some sex?"

"You want a b******," the officer asked.

"Yes," the man said.

"All right baby it's gonna cost you a little bit," the officer said. "What you got?"

"$10," the man said.

"$10 is fair," the officer said.

The man is quickly arrested for one count of solicitation of prostitution and taken to the county jail.

It's a scene that few believe actually takes place on the streets of Bryan, but it happens more than you might think.
Each time DDT has conducted a prostitution sting targeting men paying for sex, they've made at least 10 arrests. This night was not unlike the rest.

Nine men were arrested for solicitation of prostitution, some with added charges including no drivers license, possession of drugs and delivery of a controlled substance.

Four others were arrested on charges of public intoxication, criminal trespassing and possession of drug paraphernalia.

It was a successful night for the Bryan Police Department.

"We've done several of these operations and every operation we improve our proficiency and our speed," Halbert said. "We're not sacrificing safety. The longer we work with each other, the faster we get."

After a long night in the field, the team files paperwork, sifts through evidence and makes sure they keep everything together to keep these men off the streets.

"We're making an impact," Halbert said. "Certain citizens called in tonight, thanking us for our efforts in their neighborhoods and that's all the thanks we need."

Prostitution is a class B misdemeanor, meaning these men could face fines up to $2,000 and they could spend up to 180 days in jail. Bryan Police Department's Directed Deployment Team says they'll continue these stings, keeping crime off the street and citizens safe.

Unlike Bryan, College Station says it has less of a problem when it comes to prostitution.
No arrests have been made recently, but they do get occasional reports regarding suspicious activity.

"It's not something that we consider to be a big problem," College Station Assistant Police Chief Larry Johnson said. "There is an issue that comes up from time to time. When it does come up, we try to address it."

The College Station Police Department says there is no need to formulate a team similar to Bryan's Directed Deployment Team, but if they had an issue arise, they would address it.

Unlike Bryan, police say there's not an area of College Station that you would find prostitution.