Sarasota Police Department makes three arrests in ‘Operation Cross Country’

SARASOTA, Fla. – June 24, 2014 – 12:30 p.m.

On Thursday, June 19, 2014, the Sarasota Police Department Street Crimes Unit in conjunction with the Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI) conducted an operation targeting street level prostitution, internet prostitution, human trafficking entities, underage prostitution and adults attempting to lure children for sex via the internet.  During the operation, 168 juveniles were recovered nationwide.

This effort was part of “Operation Cross Country,” a nationwide sex trafficking sweep spearheaded by the FBI.  Operation Cross Country is part of the “Innocence Lost National Initiative,” established in 2003 by the FBI’s Criminal Investigations Division.  The operation on June 19, 2014 was conducted on North Tamiami Trail in Sarasota.  This year, Operation Cross Country operations were held in 54 FBI field offices and 106 cities. 

As a result of the operation, three subjects were taken into custody in the City of Sarasota.  One vehicle was seized under the Florida Contraband Forfeiture Act (case pending) and one vehicle was seized under the Sarasota City code.

“The Sarasota Police Department was proud to be invited by the FBI to participate in this operation and vows to keep up efforts to uncover entities involved in human trafficking and prostitution within the City of Sarasota.  Prostitution is not a victimless crime on any level,” said Sergeant Demetri Konstantopoulos, Sarasota Police Department Street Crimes Unit

The news release from the F.B.I. can be seen at
http://www.fbi.gov/news/pressrel/press-releases/168-juveniles-recovered-in-nationwide-operation-targeting-commercial-child-sex-trafficking

Jessel Rajesh Patel DOB 08-05-88: 9009 Beacon Manor Terrace Bradenton, Florida (Citizen of the United Kingdom) Charges:  Felony - Using a computer to solicit and travel to meet a minor  Felony - Travel to meet a minor after using computer to lure a child  Felony - Using 2 way communication device to facilitate a felony; Felony    Lewd and Lascivious Battery

Jessel Rajesh Patel DOB 08-05-88:
9009 Beacon Manor Terrace
Bradenton, Florida (Citizen of the United Kingdom)

Charges:
 Felony -
Using a computer to solicit and travel to meet a minor
 Felony - Travel to meet a minor after using computer to lure a child
 Felony - Using 2 way communication device to facilitate a felony;

Felony    Lewd and Lascivious Battery

Jessica Fisher DOB 05-04-85: No address available Charge: Misdemeanor - Prostitution

Jessica Fisher DOB 05-04-85:
No address available

Charge:
Misdemeanor - Prostitution

Whisper Morton DOB 02-03-84: 1070 Mecca Drive Sarasota, Florida Charges: Felony Warrant - Prostitution with 3 prior convictions Felony - Prostitution with 3 prior convictions (felony charge due to priors)

Whisper Morton DOB 02-03-84:
1070 Mecca Drive
Sarasota, Florida

Charges:
Felony Warrant -
Prostitution with 3 prior convictions
Felony - Prostitution with 3 prior convictions (felony charge due to priors)