Seven prospective johns and one purported pimp were arrested at a local hotel this week in a multi-agency undercover operation aiming to curb prostitution, according to a Pleasanton police spokesperson.
The eight men, whose names were not released, were all booked into the Santa Rita Jail in Dublin on suspicion of various crimes, according to Sgt. Reginaldo Gamez. One of the arrestees was a Pleasanton resident.
A sting conducted in coordination with other law enforcement agencies, including Livermore and Hayward police, the undercover operation occurred at an unidentified Pleasanton hotel on Monday in response to community complaints about prostitution activities, Gamez said.
"Undercover officers used fictitious online profile advertisements designed to attract commercial sex purchasers seeking prostitution services," Gamez said. "During the seven-hour operation, over 50 phone numbers contacted undercover officers in response to the online advertisements."
Seven men allegedly agreed to pay money for a sexual act and traveled to the hotel, where undercover officers were waiting and arrested them.
Another man claimed to be a pimp and attempted to recruit the undercover officer, according to Gamez. "He made an agreement to offer protection and other services in exchange for a portion of the proceeds. This individual was arrested for felony charges," the sergeant said.
The eight arrestees were booked into jail on suspicion of various charges, including solicitation of prostitution, resisting arrest and pandering.
"Prostitution often involves human trafficking, drug use and violent crimes such as robbery and assault," Gamez added. "The Pleasanton Police Department is committed to proactively addressing prostitution activity in our community."