Seattle man accused of pimping girls online out of Aurora motel

A Seattle drug dealer now faces child prostitution-related charges following allegations he pimped two teens out of an Aurora Avenue motel.

Previously convicted of dealing cocaine and heroin, Raymier Elbert Jones is alleged to have pimped the girls, aged 15 and 16, on Backpage.com before police arrested them in a sting operation.

Conducting the sting in April, a Lakewood Police detective called the 16-year-old girl after finding an advertisement on Backpage, an embattled classified advertising site faulted for profiting from ads placed by child prostitutes and their pimps.

The detective set up a “double date” at a Seattle motel where the girls were staying. Investigators arrested the girls and briefly detained Jones, a 28-year-old Seattle resident. According to charging papers, detectives searching the Aurora Avenue North Comfort Suites motel recovered a loaded pistol.