An undercover prostitution sting at a local hotel by Pleasanton police has led to the arrest of 11 men on Thursday.
To conduct the sting operation, “undercover officers used a fictitious profile to create an online advertisement designed to attract commercial sex purchasers seeking prostitution services,” according to a police official statement released Friday.
According to police, the operation lasted eight hours, during which time over 40 people responded to the advertisement, 10 of whom consented to pay money for a sexual act and came to the hotel where officers were waiting, police said.
Another man got to the hotel in an attempt to act as the officer’s “pimp.” He “made an agreement to offer protection and other services in exchange for a portion of the proceeds,” police said.
The 11 men were arrested for several crimes which includes solicitation of prostitution, resisting arrest, pandering and meeting with a minor with the intention of engaging in lewd or lascivious behavior. Two were arrested on additional felony charges: the one who tried to become a “pimp,” and another who arrived believing the undercover officer was a 15-year-old girl.
The 11 men ranged in age from 25-48, according to Pleasanton police Sgt. Brandon Stocking, and only one of the suspects was a Pleasanton resident. All were booked at Santa Rita Jail in Dublin.
The Livermore and Hayward police departments also participated in this sting operation.
Pleasanton police Sgt. Brandon Stocking said this isn’t operation is not the first they have done.
“We get occasional complaints from hotels and their guests regarding rooms being rented by suspected prostitutes and seeing men come and go during all hours of the day and night,” he said. “We work to address these individually as they arise but also do occasional proactive enforcement such as this to discourage the purchasing of commercial sex.”