Sex Work

40 Arrested in "Pre-Emptive" Internet Prostitution Sting

St. Cloud, Florida

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A sting in St. Cloud ended last week with the arrests of 40 men and women in the city's first Internet prostitution operation, according to police.

"We wanted to make a pre-emptive strike, and it's been very successful," Police Chief Pete Gauntlett said Monday afternoon. "The word will rapidly get out to hookers and johns — 'Don't come to St. Cloud or we will arrest you.'"