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Crime Files – Prostitutes

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WGGB) –

Desiree Oquendo, Andrea Gibson, Nadine Pragluski, Adelinda Rodriguez, Maureen Scott, Stephanie Araujo, Lacresia Crossley and Andres Nieves Junior all wanted for prostitution or soliciting a prostitute.

And now they’re on Springfields wanted list.

“People ask me all the time why do we waste man power on a victimless crime. The simple answer is the people asking that question don’t have it going on in front of their house like the people living here do,” said Springfield Police Sergeant John Delaney.

Police say prostitutes are known to work the Main Street area in the South End and keeping them off the streets makes neighborhoods safer.

“We found through studies where there’s prostitution there’s drug dealers. Then the neighborhood starts to crumble, then sooner or later you have crack houses. So we stop prostitution right away,” said Delaney.

You may not be able to spot them but cops are working the streets here often.

“We have undercover officers patrolling the streets, so buyer beware if you approach a prostitute in Springfield it’s probably an undercover cop and you’re gonna get arrested,” added Delaney.

So keep you’re eyes open in case you cross paths with any of these wanted women. Your tip could help put them behind bars.

If you have any information  you can call police or you can text them an anonymous tip at crimes or 2-7-4-6-3-7 and in the message type the world solve and then your tip.

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  • lisette

    It sounds like a plan but what u need to know is that about 40% of the guys tryin to pic up these girls are cops , lawyers and meny more I’ve seen it happen even in the strip clubs u have these cops their cuz their for protection insted they are drinkin in uniforms and gettin lap dances I know cuz I’ve also seen this happen meny times .

  • Tammy Pelletier

    OMG! NOT MY ADOPTED DAUGHTER STEPHANIE ARAUJO! STEPHANIE, WHY?

  • Justin

    Hahahahahahahaha! I work with the guy at the end!

  • 2tammy

    Tammy,
    Where have you been? She’s been a lampost downtown for years. I’m just surprised it took this long to get her.

  • yochief

    Someone better tell this cop what i saw one night. On the course of taking two one way streets i got to almost circle an entire, very large, city block with several buildings on it. One of these busts was going down on the first corner, but the minute i rounded the corner i saw two prostitutes jump into cars, rounded the next corner and saw 3 on the long lengthwise run, and again another on the corner. It was then i could see how huge the problem in Spfld is, and that they can arrest 10x this many, and they won’t even clean up one, large, city block.
    They should concentrate on the dealers, not the girls. The cop above seems to have it backwards, because the dealers don’t move to the prostitutes, it’s the prostitutes that hang out near the dealers house.

  • anonymous

    I have known Steph since childhood. She has seen and been through so much as a kid growing up that no child should see or experience. It saddens me to a great extent to see this happen to her. I’m just hoping that a change will come soon and she gets is found and gets help.

  • ladies

    i wish that all ladies that does this should stop. there’s other things that you can do to earn money ,but prositution is not the way.some girls get killed,beat up,into drugs bad. but those ladies ou there should’t expose themselves to this.your much smarter then this.i hope that you ladies will get out of the and straighten up your life

  • Kelsey

    To the person who wrote to Tammy,that’s my sister you scum bag. She’s very sick,has been for a while now. You don’t think she has a family trying to help her? It runs in our family. It’s an addiction,a diseas. She isn’t strong enough to fight it. When she’s ready,she will. I wish I knew who you were,I know you don’t know a damn thing about her. She’s beautiful,and smart. She’s an amazing person. Like I said,just sick. But hey I guess this is what people do,call human beings lamp posts. If you have something to say,you let me know.

  • I’m her mother

    I’m her mother. I just want to say that any of you that have children out there. It’s not fair that there trying to trash her as a human being. She’s very sick and she’s a beautiful human being. She deserves better. Some days soon things will change for her. Myself and friends pray for her every day.I’m very affended by this. I’m sure there are alot of people out there that have similar problems with there children and it’s not posted on the interent. As a mother it’s hard for me to sleep at night worrying about her. But when there older you can’t keep track of everything. There going to do what they want. Even if you try to tell them it’s wrong. They don’t think we know anything. So unfortunatly they learn the hard way. So in the mean time it kills me. My heart brakes for her. God bless her i pray every night that she’ll be safe. If more people would pray for this child instead of trashing her the world would be a better place.

    • Loudmouth

      This is my sister, this is my daughter… She is sick blah blah blah… dont call her a lamp post…WHY NOT IF SHE WANTS TO STAND OUT THERE IN ANY KIND OF WEATHER AND DO THE THINGS SHE DOES TO MAKE A LIVING SHE SHOULD BE CALLED WORSE. YA IT MAY BE A DISEASE BUT THERE IS HELP FOR IT. IF YOU ALL ARE TALKING ABOUT SHE IS MY FAMILY…. ITS NOT HER FAULT YOU RIGHT ITS NOT JUST HER FAULT WHILE ALL YOU GUYS ARE SITTING AT HOME LOOKING AT A COMPUTER MONITOR PLAYING OIN THE COMPUTER YOUR FAMILY MEMBER IS OUT THERE DOING WRONG. GET UP STEP AWAY FROM THE COMPUTER AND START MAKING PHONE CALLS LET THE POLICE KNOW WHERE THESE GIRLS ARE SO THEY CAN START GIVING THEM THE RIGHT KIND OF HELP THEY NEED. BRING THEM TO A SHELTER. SHOW THEM LOVE. LET THEM KNOW YOUR THERE TO HELP. THEY OBVIOUSLY DONT SEE THE LOVE FROM HOME SO THEY ARE TURNING TO THE STREETS. CALL REHABS A PHYSICIAN THAT CAN HELP WITH PHYCIATRIC HELP.. i DONT FEEL BAD FOR THEIR PICTURES BEING POSTED EVERYWHERE.. YOU MAKE YOUR BED YOU HAVE THE LAY IN IT… DONT LEAVE IT UP TO THE AUTHORITIES TO GET THEM OFF THE STREETS.. THE FAMILIES OF THESE GIRLS NEED TO HELP AS WELL….!!

  • No One is Perfect

    These women are out there not because they chose to be but because of a misfortunate event that they experienced in their lives. These women who appear to be frail women, weak women, are in fact stronger women than those of us whom never experienced street living, have a good home & job. They do not realize that they can come out of that world because SOCIETY shows them they are weak or once a prostitute always a prostitute. The first step in coming out of that lifestyle is that these women desire, want to get help for what is keeping them in that world mentally in order to leave that world behind physically. Secondly, take supportive measure is when you see them, don’t ask why, just show them you care. Lastly, keep them up in prayer for God to make a breakthrough on HIS promises found in the Bible. You find them, pray them, and thank God for his grace and mercy.

  • Nbefor Belaire

    Stephanie only charged me 20 for a BBBJ/CIM the other night. I thought that was fair.

    I’m sorry to see her mixed up in this, and I hope she gets the help she needs. Addiction is a disease. God bless.