Pleasanton police arrested 11 men Thursday during an undercover prostitution sting operation at a local hotel.
To conduct the sting operation, "undercover officers used a fictitious profile to create an online advertisement designed to attract commercial sex purchasers seeking prostitution services," police officials said in a statement released Friday.
The operation lasted eight hours, during which time over 40 people responded to the advertisement, 10 of whom agreed to pay money for a sexual act and came to the hotel where officers were waiting, police said.
Another man arrived at the hotel in an attempt to act as the officer's "pimp." He "made an agreement to offer protection and other services in exchange for a portion of the proceeds," police said.
The 11 men were arrested for various crimes, including solicitation of prostitution, resisting arrest, pandering and meeting with a minor with the intention of engaging in lewd or lascivious behavior. Two were arrested on additional felony charges: the one who tried to become a "pimp," and another who arrived believing the undercover officer was a 15-year-old girl.
The 11 men ranged in age from 25-48, according to Pleasanton police Sgt. Brandon Stocking. One of the suspects was a Pleasanton resident. All were booked at Santa Rita Jail in Dublin.
The Livermore and Hayward police departments also took part in this sting operation.
Stocking said this is not the first operation they have conducted.
"We get occasional complaints from hotels and their guests regarding rooms being rented by suspected prostitutes and seeing men come and go during all hours of the day and night," he said. "We work to address these individually as they arise but also do occasional proactive enforcement such as this to discourage the purchasing of commercial sex."