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72 men picked up in prostitution sting

February 22, 2001

72 men picked up in prostitution sting



GREENCASTLE, Pa. - Pennsylvania State Police picked up 72 men on prostitution charges during a six-month sting across central Pennsylvania, including the Greencastle area, according to a State Police report.

Pennsylvania State Police Troop H vice investigators targeted areas surrounding Interstate 81 and major highways in the region after receiving a number of complaints regarding prostitution activities.

On 10 occasions, including three in Franklin County, female troopers posed as prostitutes and broadcast on citizens band radio that they were prostitutes working in the area, police said.

Male patrons responded to the messages and agreed to meet the women. Once the two met, the male patron would offer money for sexual activity and other troopers nearby would arrest the men, police said.

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During the same investigation, three women from Harrisburg, Pa., and York, Pa., were charged with prostitution.

Once taken into custody, the offenders were fingerprinted, photographed and released.

Troopers filed criminal complaints before local district justices charging offenders with various counts of violating the Pennsylvania Crime Code.

The three stings in Franklin County netted 17 men, nearly all of whom were from out of state, police said.

The investigations in Franklin County occurred Sept. 14 around I-81 Exit 3, Jan. 4 around Exits 3, 4, 8 and 9 and Feb. 14 around Exit 3, police said.

- Stacey Danzuso

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