The cellphones rang almost nonstop for hours Friday in the small office in Stroudsburg.
The male callers, responding to online ads on backpage.com, either asked for Erika, who described herself as petite and sweet and looking for fun, or Jessii, who said she was tall and thin and loved to party.
Instead of getting lucky, the callers got one of three detectives with the Monroe County District Attorney’s Office running a unique prostitution sting called “Jamming for Johns.”
Unlike the typical sex sting, this one operated as a public awareness campaign. Instead of getting arrested, the men, about 120 in a little more than eight hours, got a stern warning that not only is paying for sex a crime, it also fuels sex trafficking and the opioid crisis.