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6 charged in Hanover Twp. prostitution sting

HANOVER TOWNSHIP, NJ (Morris County) – Hanover Township police say during an undercover prostitution sting on Thursday they arrested six people on prostitution charges.

On May 16, an undercover prostitution detail consisting of several officers from Hanover Township Police, NJ State Police and the FBI was conducted utilizing rooms in one of the hotels in township, police said.

The purpose was to target possible human trafficking/sex trafficking and the exploitation of juveniles, police said.

The following four suspects were arrested and charged with prostitution: Deja Berkelmann, 31, from Paterson, Erica Parenti, 35, from Easton PA, Katherine Torres, 25, from Paterson, and Carolina Mittman, 34, from Townsend, DE. Berkelmann and Torres were also charged with possession of CDS and drug paraphernalia.

Rahi Majid, 22, from Ozone Park, NY and Gerrod Martin, 27, from East Orange NJ, who allegedly provided transportation to the women, were arrested and charged with promoting prostitution. Martin was also charged with possession of burglary tools for allegedly having a card skimmer in his possession, police said.

Martin was lodged in the Morris County Jail, the other individuals involved were released pending a court appearance.

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By: Jay Edwards Follow on Twitter | Like on Facebook

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