Prostitution sting leads to 13 arrests in Paducah


PADUCAH, Ky. (AP) — Police in western Kentucky have used an online ad to arrest a dozen men charged with soliciting a prostitute at a hotel.

Twelve men were arrested on Wednesday and Thursday for solicitation of prostitution. Two of them face an additional charge of possession of marijuana. One woman was charged with prostitution.

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The Paducah Sun ( reports the McCracken County Sheriff’s Department placed an ad under the "escort service" category of a classified website similar to craigslist. A female detective fielded the calls from interested men and set up meetings at a local hotel. The men arrested were from Illinois, Tennessee and Kentucky.

Sheriff Jon Hayden said police conduct such operations when talk about prostitution starts picking up in the community. A sting in 2012 brought in 14 arrests.


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