An inside look at how local detectives conduct an online prostitution sting

Dozens of men hoping to get lucky Friday got a rude awakening when detectives answered the phone instead.

Detectives from the Monroe County District Attorney's Office conducted a web-based prostitution sting as part of their efforts to combat human trafficking.

Starting at 8 a.m, the detectives posted decoy ads on and waited for the calls to roll in. Each call was initially fielded by Detective Kim Lippincott, who would engage the man in conversation while Detective Brian Webbe used the number to find his information.

Doing this provides them with more personal information so they can address the perpetrators by name, mention their address and bring up other relationships that may catch their attention. It "really changes the impact that it has," Lippincott said.

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