Prostitution Sting Nabs 32 Including Juvenile

Prostitution Sting Nabs 32 Including Juvenile

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In total, 32 people were placed in handcuffs and taken off the street—where many had made a living as a prostitute.

"We use undercover police officers to bust not only the prostitutes but also those people who are soliciting prostitution," says Ashley Rains of the Mobile Police Department.

Among those, a 17-year-old we're not allowed to show because of her age. Many would be shocked to hear that juveniles are engaging in this line of work.

"Obviously it's something we don't want to see. We don't want to see juveniles caught up in these prostitution sweeps," adds Rains.

A portion of those arrested came from along this street here, this is Broad Street near downtown Mobile. This is the fourth prostitution sting the Mobile Police have conducted in the last year which only goes to show the oldest profession isn't going anywhere.

And folks don't realize how much they depend on tips from citizens—the police department fields many calls of folks reporting suspicious activity they believe may be linked.

"When our narcotics and vice units see that we have problem areas coupled with citizen complaints, then we set up these prostitution sweeps."

All 32 were booked at Mobile Metro Jail, except for the 17-year-old who went straight to the Strickland youth center.

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