One Brookline man and eight others from outside the Boston area were arraigned on charges they sought sex for a fee from Boston Police detectives in an online prostitution sting, according to the Suffolk County District Attorney.
Daniel F. Conley said the men were arrested during a Boston Police Human Trafficking Unit sting operation and Boston detectives last week.
Prosecutors said that the men, including Murat Inamli of Brookline, responded to an online ad detectives posted and negotiated sexual conduct in exchange for money. They agreed on a meeting location online, but instead of the sex worker they believed they were meeting, they found police ready to arrest them.
“Human trafficking exists because sex buyers make it profitable,” Conley said in a release. “Part of our strategy is making clear that there are personal, social, and legal consequences for that behavior. If you come into Suffolk County to buy sex, you aren’t just participating in an industry that thrives on exploitation – you’re risking arrest and prosecution.”
Offering to pay another person for sexual favors can land someone in jail for up to two and a half years and it comes with a fine of $1,000 to $5,000.
The names of those charged last week in Boston Municipal Court for sex for a fee:
Murat Inamli, 50, of Brookline
Zian Jiang, 20, of Boston
William Marchant, 54, of Norwood
Eswin Esteban, 39, of Chelsea
Benjamin Silver, 40, of Somerville
James Rose, 59, of Boston
Thomas Holt, 41, of Belmont
Nikunk B. Patel, 26, of Revere
Archie Foxworth, 68, of Hull
Each defendant was released on his own recognizance, according to the DA.
Each of the arraigned defendants will return to court in July.
Anyone with information on or concerns about human trafficking can call the Polaris Project’s national human trafficking resource center hotline at 888-373-7888 or send a text to “BeFree” (233733).