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Prostitution sting in San Jose nets 32 arrests

32 people were arrested in a large-scale prostitution sting in San Jose.
32 people were arrested in a large-scale prostitution sting in San Jose.
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A one-day prostitution sting nicknamed “Operation B-Sting” resulted in 32 arrests on Wednesday, the San Jose Police Department reported today.
The sting was comprised of four separate operations involving 63 officers from the department’s Special Operations Unit, Sexual Assault Investigations Unit, Covert Response Unit, and the patrol division. It also involved female officers working undercover in what police call “john decoy” operations.
Police say john decoy operations took place during the day on South First Street and Alum Rock Avenue. Eight people were arrested for soliciting prostitutes on South First, while the Alum Rock bust resulted in 10 arrests. All those arrested were booked into Santa Clara County Jail on charges of solicitation of prostitution.
In the afternoon and evening hours, the Sexual Assault Investigations Unit conducted john decoy operations in local hotels near San Jose International Airport where eight men were arrested for solicitation of prostitution and a ninth was booked for loitering with the intent to commit prostitution.
The Covert Response Unit also conducted a hotel operation in which five women were arrested for solicitation of prostitution. One of those arrested was a missing person out of Modesto, police say.
Operation B-Sting was named after California Penal Code 647(b), the code for prostitution and solicitation.


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