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Little Rock PD makes 42 arrests as part of national prostitution sting

The Little Rock Police Department was part of 23 law enforcement agencies that took part in a national sting operation to crackdown on "purchased sex" that led to 552 arrests.

According to a release from the Cook County Sheriff's Office in Illinois, the National Johns Suppression Initiative brought together 23 agencies in 14 states. The operation lasted about three weeks, from Jan. 17 through Feb. 7, and another one of the agencies that took part was the Santa Clara Sheriff's Office, the site of Super Bowl 50.

The Santa Clara County Sheriff's Office even detained a member of the Denver Broncos who was in town for the Super Bowl, with the player's brother being cited for solicitation, according to the release.

30 sex trafficking arrests were made as part of this operation, as it also targeted those who force victims into lives of prostitution.

"Sex trafficking continues to destroy countless lives, and this broad national movement should send a strong message to prospective johns that their 'hobby' is much more than a 'victimless' crime," said Cook County Sheriff Thomas J. Dart. "It's particularly meaningful that this sting culminated on the day of the Super Bowl, which unfortunately has emerged as a prominent haven for sex trafficking."

Little Rock PD made 42 sex solicitation arrests as part of the operation.

In all, there were 552 arrests, 522 for sex solicitation and 30 for sex trafficking. There were $187,000 in minimum fines given for soliciting sex. 76 victims were recovered, with three of the victims being juveniles.

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