The men are typically arrested when they show up at prearranged locations with cash in hand, said Senior Deputy Prosecutor Val Richey.
Fifty men were charged with attempted commercial sex abuse of a minor in 2014, an increase from the 40 men charged the year before, Richey said.Last week, for instance, Seattle police arrested Mohanad Alalnabkh, a 27-year-old citizen of Saudi Arabia, who was charged July 8 and released from jail the next day after posting $100,000 bail, according to court and jail records.
“He’s just one in a steady stream,” said Richey, who since 2013 has charged foreign nationals from Canada, Mexico and several Central American countries as well as India, China and Bulgaria.
Seattle police have historically made the bulk of arrests — a trend
that continues, with the department’s Vice & High Risk Victims Unit
busting half the men charged so far this year. Renton police have had 16
cases of attempted commercial sex abuse of a minor in the first half of
2015, Richey said. [More]