17 Women Arrested In Prostitution Sweep


Teresa DistanoAn undercover sweep led detectives to arrest 17 women who were working as prostitutes on the streets of Paterson, the Passaic County Sheriff said Thursday.

The crackdown on Wednesday was part of an effort to improve the quality-of-life for city residents, Sheriff Richard H. Berdnik said. Authorities launched the round-up in response to complaints from residents about prostitution in the city.

“Prostitution leads to more serious criminal activity, including narcotic distribution and helps to compromise the sense of order in a community,” Berdnik said in a statement. “The large volume of arrests shows that prostitution enforcement is an issue that needs to be addressed in a continual basis.”

Sheriff’s detectives posed as customers and made arrests when the women offered to exchange sex for money, Berdnik said.

All of the women arrested were charged with promoting prostitution and released on their own recognizance, the sheriff said. One woman, Felecia Ross, 46, of Paterson, was also charged with having 42 packets of heroin.


  • Berdnik said the following women were arrested during the crackdown around the city:
  • Wandaliz Sanchez, 29, Paterson resident, arrested at Market and East 25th streets
  • Vanessa Childs, 21, Paterson resident, arrested at Broadway and Carroll Street
  • Maria Jorge Lopez, 33, Paterson resident, arrested at Broadway and Carroll Street
  • Katina Hill, 40, Paterson resident, arrested at Van Houten Street and Rosa Parks Boulevard
  • Felecia Ross, 46, Paterson resident, arrested at Fair and Auburn streets
  • Amanda Tintle, 25, Clifton resident, arrested at Broadway and Carroll Street
  • Erika Potenza, 30, Paterson resident, arrested at Broadway and Rosa Parks Boulevard
  • Chantel Hurley, 19, Moonachie resident, arrested at Broadway and Carroll Street.
  • Maria Rivera, 44, Paterson resident, arrested at Van Houten and East 18th streets.
  • Teresa Distano, 33, Blairstown resident, arrested at Van Houten and East 18th streets.
  • Angela Campenter, 31, Paterson resident, arrested at Van Houten and Rosa Parks Boulevard
  • Emel Y. Westerfield, 22, Springfield resident, arrested at East 26th and Market streets.
  • Reymada White, 28, Paterson resident, arrested at Carroll Street and Rosa Parks Boulevard
  • Lynn A. Slocum, 35, Paterson resident, arrested at Van Houten and East 18th streets
  • Gina Taddio, 34, Ringwood resident, arrested at Van Houten and Carroll streets
  • Linda Ramirez, 39, Clifton resident, arrested at Market and East 28th streets
  • Leslie Wilson, 33, Paterson resident, arrested at Ellison and East 18th streets

 

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