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Forum staff reports, Published April 08 2009

Police arrest three in Fargo prostitution sting

Fargo police arrested three women Monday night following a prostitution sting at a local hotel.

Police arrested Tara Kelly, 22, Tanessa Stewart, 22 and Ashley Toms, 20, all Fargo, on suspicion of prostitution. Toms was also arrested for an unrelated warrant, Sgt. Ross Renner said.

Authorities conducted the sting from 7 p.m. to midnight using an undercover male officer posing as a client at Expressway Suites, 4303 17th Ave. S., Renner said.

The hotel worked with police to conduct the operation, as is common for prostitution stings.

Police made appointments with women using local classified advertisements, such as The Forum and Craigslist, for dancers, Renner said. At least two women who came to the hotel were not arrested, he said.

“Some certainly are just dancing and then there’s the ones that don’t,” Renner said.