19 arrested in Pasadena undercover prositution sting

From staff reports
Posted: 06/17/2009 09:32:40 PM PDT

PASADENA – Eighteen men and one woman were arrested Wednesday during a prostitution sting along Colorado Boulevard, police said.

The police operation was carried out between 7 a.m. and 1 p.m. along East Colorado Boulevard, where Pasadena police Lt. Tom Delgado said prostitution is an ongoing problem.

“We receive regular complaints of this type of activity on the east side of town,” he said.

To combat the problem, “Undercover officers posed as both prostitutes and customers in a sting operation for male and female participants,” Delgado said.

All the men arrested were allegedly seeking purchase the services of a prostitute, while the woman was suspected of trying to offer sexual services for money, Delgado said.

Ten of the suspects were booked on suspicion of soliciting acts of prostitution, and nine were arrested for loitering for the purpose of prostitution, the lieutenant said.

Original at Pasadena Star-News

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