Prostitution Sting Nets 30 Arrests

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RENO, Nev.-- Reno police tell us they arrested 30 people this weekend for selling sex.

They were part of a special FBI operation that had the goal of getting as many underage prostitutes off the streets as possible. Across the nation, 168 minors were rescued. Right here in our community there was one.

"Operation cross country occurred in approximately 106 cities," said Special Agent Sean Jolley of the FBI.

In Reno, 31 prostitutes were arrested. One of them was a minor.

"We can't talk too much about the methods and things that were used but it usually involves some online aspect component," said Jolley.

Using sites like Craigslist and, cops set up date after date with women selling themselves.

"On the first night we had 13 girls to the room from the internet," said Reno Police Sgt., Ron Chalmers.

The posts are blatant, women listing their body type, services, and even a price.

"The girls have forums, they communicate with each other. Once they knew we were doing an operation it made the second night very very difficult," said Chalmers.

We found this post online, one girl warning others that cops were on the hunt. It went so far as to even mention the street enforcement team by name.

"We did see several girls who had multiple arrests in the past," said Chalmers.

They are not facing hard time. It's only a misdemeanor charge. Half the reason for the sting is to crackdown and get the girls help.

"Most of these girls don't have education, it's very difficult for them to go out and find employment so it is a very significant issue," said Chalmers.

Even though only one of those arrested was underage, most started working between 12 and 14 years old.

"We treat them as victims because that is what they are," said Jolley.

About half of those arrested this weekend were from California, brought in by their pimps to serve the population of weekend visitors.