OLATHE, Kan. — A man and a woman have been charged in Johnson County District Court with promoting prostitution following an undercover sting operation in Prairie Village.
Danyelle Putman, 20, of Kansas City, Missouri, and Tony Rogers, 24, of Independence are alleged to have acted as pimps for a 17-year-old girl arrested by Prairie Village Police during an undercover prostitution operation. According to police, the girl is a runaway.
Prairie Village may not be thought of as a hotbed for prostitution, but Johnson County District Attorney Steve Howe says that prostitutes will go wherever the business is.
“When you’re in a big metropolitan area, it would be naive to think that there’s none of that going on in any part of your community that you live in,” said Howe. “Whether it be in Johnson County, Jackson County, Wyandotte County, it’s going to happen just about everywhere.”
Howe says authorities in Johnson County are being proactive in monitoring websites to try and prevent prostitution from gaining a foothold in the county.
“One of the things we’ve seen a trend in is most of these transactions are facilitated or at least begun through the internet,” said Howe. “That has been the big trend now, postings on the internet allow people to communicate and set up these types of transactions.”
Police say that their investigation continues. Putnam and Rogers are expected to be back in court on August 16th.