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...