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Police: Man promotes prostitution in Stroudsburg hotel

Detectives arrested a New York man Thursday in connection with promoting prostitution in a Stoudsburg hotel.

Officials say they responded to an advertisement for a woman on backpage.com, who they believed was a victim of human sex trafficking. An undercover officer set up a date to meet the woman at a Stroudsburg hotel.

When the woman arrived at the hotel, it was later determined Joseph Payne brought her to the location. Officials say Payne waited in the parking lot to make sure she got in to the hotel and then called to make sure she was OK. 

The woman was then taken into police custody inside the hotel and officials took steps to ensure her safety. Officers made contact with Payne, who first identified himself to police as John Patterson. They asked him to come back to the hotel and soon after discovered him driving in East Stroudsburg, surpassing the speed limit. 

During the traffic stop, he was taken into custody without incident. 

Officials searched the woman's cell phone, which indicated Payne had been taking her photographs and driving her to meet dates for prostitution. Payne is facing charges of promoting prostitution, false identification to law enforcement, and possessing instruments of a crime. 


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