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Charges filed in Bainbridge prostitution case | UPDATE

Prostitution charges were filed Monday against four women arrested at a Bainbridge hotel Jan. 31, according to Kitsap County senior deputy prosecutor Claire Bradley.

Bradley said each woman was charged with a single misdemeanor under Bainbridge municipal code. A court date for all four defendants has been set for March 9.

The arrests were made following a joint investigation by detectives from the Bainbridge Police Deparmtent, Bremerton Police Department, Seattle Police Department, Washington State Patrol and the Naval Criminal Investigation Service.

According to Bainbridge Police two of the women were from Bremerton and two were from the Seattle area. BIPD Lt. Sue Shultz said police believe the women were advertising their services online.

While prostitution in itself is only a misdemeanor crime, Shultz said the activity can lead to more heinous offenses, including drug and sex trafficking.

"It is a big deal, because it brings on these other, more serious crimes," Shultz said.

Police expect to make further arrests based on information gathered in the investigation.

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