37 Arrested in Prostitution Sting

37 Arrested in Prostitution Sting

A multi-agency collaborative effort to shut down prostitution and human trafficking resulted in the arrests of 37 suspects.

The agencies involved in the sting operation were the San Luis Obispo, Pismo Beach and Arroyo Grande police departments. The operation targeted illegal activities that have increased in the cities’ local hotels and motels. Officers used the internet and mobile communications to solicit the services of prostitutes.

According to the press release from the SLOPD, many under-aged females are used by pimps to engage in sex acts. Often these under-aged females are held against their will and are coerced into services through force, fear, drugs and retaliation.

The three departments worked together for a three-night operation that targeted the prostitution industry. They used both male and female undercover police officers to identify and arrest prostitutes and their customers, commonly referred to as “Johns”. Many of the prostitutes arrested were from out of town while some of the Johns were local.

A collage of some of those arrested in the sting

A collage of some of those arrested in the sting

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37 Arrested in Prostitution Sting was last modified: October 31st, 2014 by admin
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Ben Banuchi

Ben Banuchi has been a journalist in the Atascadero/Paso Robles area since 2002, and is currently a freelance writer and reporter. He can be contacted at bbanuchi@unitedreporting.com