Prostitution

Eleven men arrested in Howard County prostitution sting

Eleven men arrested in Howard County prostitution sting

Eleven men were arrested for solicitation of prostitution and related charges during an undercover operation Wednesday, Howard County Police announced Friday.

Officers arrested the would-be “johns” — ranging in age from 22 to 47 — for soliciting prostitution at a hotel in the 5400 block of Twin Knolls Road in Columbia.

As part of the sting, detectives placed fake ads on Backpage, a website police say is used for prostitution listings.

Men who called the number in the ad spoke with an undercover female police officer who provided a meeting location upon the caller’s request.

When the men arrived and offered money for sex, they were arrested and charged with...

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