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Undercover prostitution sting nets 12 arrests

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SPRINGDALE, SC (WIS) -

A dozen people were arrested over the weekend during an undercover prostitution operation initiated by the Springdale Police Department.

Springdale Police Chief Kevin Cornett said after receiving several tips about illegal prostitution taking place within town limits, officers initiated a two-day operation they called "Operation Aphrodite".

Cornett said officers posted an advertisement on backpage.com offering a sexual rendezvous. The suspects called the number listed in the ad and set up an appointment at an area hotel, according to Cornett.

Once the suspects entered the room, confirmed they were looking for a "sexual transaction," and paid the person who was posing as a prostitute, they were arrested, Cornett said.

The sting was conducted on February 28 and March 1.

The suspects and their charges:

William Fick, 19. Charged with soliciting prostitution and possession of marijuana.

Ephriam Oij, 37. Charged with soliciting prostitution.

Alan Jones, 31. Charged with soliciting prostitution.

Marquis Thurmond, 21. Charged with soliciting prostitution.

Dennis Glen, 19. Charged with soliciting prostitution and possession of marijuana.

David Leblanc, 54. Charged with soliciting prostitution, 2nd offense.

George Wise Jr, 29. Charged with soliciting prostitution.

Nathaniel Lakin, 55. Charged with soliciting prostitution.

Jose Hernandez-Villeda, 25. Charged with soliciting prostitution.

Keith Evans, 23. Charged with soliciting prostitution.

Teyon Lane, 26. Charged with soliciting prostitution and possession of marijuana.

Juan Gomez-Guzman, 18. Charged with soliciting prostitution.

All of the individuals were arrested and booked into the Lexington County Detention Center.

"Prostitution through the internet has become popular throughout the nation and can be used to further human trafficking," said Cornett.

Cornett asks that anyone with information about human trafficking or prostitution activities notify their local law enforcement agencies.

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