Weekend prostitution sweep yields 78 arrests

Published On: Jan 15 2013 03:06:24 AM HST

Polk County detectives have arrested a total of 78 people during a four-day undercover prostitution investigation.

The Lakeland Ledger reported the investigation ran from Thursday to Sunday. It targeted online e-commerce sites where men and women advertise to commit prostitution and solicit for prostitution.

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Of the 78 arrested, 18 admitted to being married and 31 had criminal arrest histories. Nine were registered felons and have a combined total of 339 past charges, including armed robbery, aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, rape, stalking, and child abuse.

Officials said one man walked by two other men being arrested outside a hotel but still met with the undercover officer in her room - where he opened the blinds to watch the arrests unfold.

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