Prostitution sting nets 21 in North County

A prostitution sting in Escondido, Vista and Oceanside led to 21 arrests Saturday, sheriff’s officials said.

The operation was conducted by the North County Regional Prostitution/Human Trafficking Task Force in conjunction with Oceanside and Escondido police, sheriff’s Sgt. Joe Mata said. The exact time and locations of the sting were not disclosed.

Officers placed ads on Craigslist or other websites offering sex for sale and arrested those who responded, Mata said.

Nineteen men were taken into custody for solicitation of prostitution and one for loitering for prostitution, he said. A woman who propositioned an undercover officer was arrested on suspicion of offering sex for money, Mata said.

In Vista, six men between the ages of 31 and 58 were arrested. One, a 48-year-old man, was also charged with possession of a controlled substance after he offered to pay for sex with methamphetamine, Mata said. A 58-year-old man also was charged with possession of a controlled substance and sexual battery when he grabbed an undercover officer, and a 50-year-old man who put his hands on another officer was booked on additional battery charges, Mata said.

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