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|Atlanta police arrest 50 male prostitutes in ‘Operation Summer Heat’|
|by Dyana Bagby|
|May 16, 2011 13:43|
An undercover six-day vice and narcotics operation in Midtown Atlanta that ended Sunday night resulted in the arrests of 50 male and 11 female prostitutes, according to the Atlanta Police Department.
Most of the arrests occurred in the Peachtree/Cypress Street and Ponce de Leon corridors, areas known for prostitution.
“We’ve received many complaints about hustling and prostitution in these corridors,” Chief George Turner said in a statement. “We hope these arrests send a signal to the community that the APD is listening, and to lawbreakers that we are not going to tolerate this conduct.”
The undercover johns were all male, said Carlos Campos, spokesperson for the APD, indicating male hustlers arrested were seeking male clients. LGBT liaison Brian Sharp was on the scene to help with the arrests of possible LGBT persons involved in the raid, Campos said.
"We booked them according to the gender on their driver’s licenses. While our LGBT liaisons were present and assisted us with identifying any potential issues within those communities, none of the arrestees expressed a desire to be treated differently," Campos said.
“Operation Summer Heat” was a combined effort of the APD’s undercover vice and APEX units and Zone 5 officers. The APEX unit is the unit that replaced the controversial Red Dog unit.
As Atlanta’s weather continues to become warmer, undercover operations like this will continue, said Vice Commander Lt. Scott Kreher.
Also during the raid, police arrested eight johns, made arrests in five marijuana sales and five cocaine sales, impounded seven vehicles and seized $1,000 in cash.
Top photo: Atlanta Police Chief George Turner (file photo)
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