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18 arrested in prostitution sting in Castaic

February 4, 2011 |  6:51 pm

Deputies with the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department conducted a “John” sting and prostitution sweep around a high-traffic trucking area in Castaic late Thursday.

The sweep resulted in 18 arrests. It was conducted in response to complaints of prostitution on Castaic Road, said Sgt. Gary Miller of the Sheriff’s Department. He said the area is a popular spot for trucking traffic and prostitution has been an ongoing problem.

Of those arrested, 14 were men held on suspicion of soliciting prostitution; two were women held on suspicion of loitering with the purpose of prostitution; and two were men held on suspicion of interfering with a peace officer. One of the men arrested is also accused of sexual battery.

The cities of residence for the "John" suspects included Forest, Miss., Salem, Ore., and Glendale.

The investigations are continuing. Anyone with information is encouraged to call the sheriff's Santa Clarita Valley substation at (661) 255-1121.

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