Detectives apprehended 15 women in a prostitution crackdown in Paterson on Thursday afternoon, according to Passaic County Sheriff Richard Berdnik.
Berdnik said undercover detectives targeted Market Street and Van Houten Street from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. after receiving large number of complaints from area residents. Detectives conducted operations on Market Street between East 22nd Street and East 31st Street and Van Houten Street between East 18th Street and Straight Street.
Nine of the women are Paterson residents and the rest from East Orange, Hawthorne, Fairfield, Wanaque, Hackensack, and Jersey City. Authorities charged Krystina Traceyvaughan, 25; Erin Micco, 26; Madeline Hughes, 48; Amanda Tintle, 29; Samantha Prior, 25; Aretha Fowler, 39; Sarah Davis, 38; Amanda Stampone, 27; Dontay E. Booker, 27, all of Paterson.
Also arrested were Anna Dembitsky, 28, of East Orange; Jennifer Green, 28, of Hawthorne; Samantha Zacaro, 27, of Fairfield; Amanda Gianfrancesco, 37, of Wanaque; Theresa Taylor, 48, Hackensack; Christina May, 34, of Jersey City
Some of the women had outstanding warrants from other municipalities. May had an outstanding warrant for $1,350 out of Secaucus; Stampone had a $350 warrant out of Haledon; and Davis had a $7,500 warrant out of Clayton Borough, authorities said.
Berdnik said detectives had members of the Passaic County Proseuctor’s Office, Human Trafficking Unit to assist victims of human trafficking. A drug interventionist from the Liberation Way was on hand to help women suffering from addiction that forced them into prostitution, authorities said.
“I want to commend all detectives who were involved in this operation. It is important that law that affect the quality of life of our residents are enforced,” Berdnik said.