Prostitution sting nets 14 men, 1 woman
Article Launched: 11/01/2007 09:35:18 PM PDT
PASADENA - Fifteen people were arrested on suspicion of prostitution-related offenses during a daytime sting operation on Halloween, officials said.
The prostitution sting was carried out in the eastern portion of the city, where the most problems with prostitution are reported, said Pasadena police Lt. Randell Taylor.
The suspects consisted of 14 men and one woman, police said in a written release.
Such operations, using undercover "decoy" officers, are carried out by the Pasadena Police Department Vice Unit several times a year throughout the city, police added.
Sixty-eight suspects have been arrested in Pasadena for prostitution or prostitution-related offenses so far this year, police said. The maximum penalty for such offenses is six months in jail and a $500 fine.
Those arrested are also required to attend AIDS awareness classes and receive HIV tests, police said.