Prostitution sting nets 53 Johns in Minneapolis

8:58 AM, Jul 20, 2013   |    comments
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MINNEAPOLIS - A recent prostitution sting operation in the 3rd precinct of Minneapolis ended with dozens of alleged customers being cited and more than 20 vehicles being seized.

Officers with the Third Precinct Community Response Team conducted a 6-day undercover "john" detail from July 12 to July 17 in response to neighborhood complaints of increased prostitution activity. The sting netted 53 alleged customers, and police also made a handful of arrests for other offenses.

"This is a crime that impacts the entire community and we recognize that sex buyers perpetuate an exploitative industry," said Third Precinct Inspector Michael Sullivan. "Our officers did an excellent job re-enforcing that this illegal activity will not be tolerated in the City of Minneapolis."

Officers focused on the Lake St East Corridor between 3rd Ave South and 17th Ave South. The majority of the detail was conducted at night and during the lunch hour.

Along with the citations issued, 23 vehicles were also seized. A vehicle seizure is the first legal step in a forfeiture process when a vehicle is used in the commission of certain crime. Ultimately, the owner could ultimately lose ownership of the car.

Here is a breakdown of the arrests:

Prostitution/John arrests: 53
Narcotics arrests: 3
Promoting prostitution: 1
Misdemeanor arrests: 2 obstructing, 5 loitering

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