POLICE NEWS: Prostitution charges filed following sting operation

A Mishawaka woman is accused of setting another woman up as a prostitute.

Rickia Oliver, 21, is charged with two Level 5 felony counts of promoting prostitution stemming from a human trafficking sting by the Indiana State Police and Elkhart County’s Intelligence and Covert Enforcement Unit in Elkhart last year.

A detective had arranged through an online ad to meet a woman at the Fairway Inn in Elkhart in March 2018, the probable cause affidavit in the case shows.

The woman arrived at the hotel with Oliver. She went into a room where the detective was waiting, offered sex for money and was then taken into custody. Oliver was in a car outside and was also taken into custody, the affidavit shows.

Under questioning by police, Oliver said the woman was staying on her couch and needed “to start helping out,” the affidavit states. So Oliver allegedly led efforts to promote the woman as a prostitute by posting an ad online, according to the affidavit. The FBI has since shut down the website, described by the Justice Department as the leading web forum for prostitution ads, as part of a federal investigation.

Oliver’s plan, according to the affidavit, was for the woman to pay her half the money she earned from tricks.

Police also interviewed the woman, who said she has a learning disability and was diagnosed with the maturity of a 10-year-old child, the affidavit shows. The woman also told police Oliver set up the ad and arranged her “dates” under an agreement where the woman would turn over half of what she earned to Oliver.

The charges against Oliver were filed in Elkhart County Superior Court 2 Thursday.


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• Victoria Rollins, Goshen, reported to Goshen police two people stole checks from her mail and cashed them around 4:45 p.m. Wednesday.

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• Sally Kwilinski reported to Goshen police her vehicle was struck by another vehicle at Dairy Queen, 723 W. Pike St., around 9:30 p.m. Wednesday. The driver of the other vehicle left the scene without exchanging information.

• Linda Clark, Bristol, reported to Goshen police a vehicle struck her building at 109 S. Third St. around 9:45 a.m. Wednesday. The driver of the vehicle left the scene without exchanging information.


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