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Prostitution sting nets 14 in Dublin

Services advertised on Internet

A total of 14 people were arrested in a prostitution sting in Dublin on Wednesday, police said today.

"Ten were female, two were male and two were pimps (also both male) on parole," said Dublin police Lt. Steve Brown. "Most of them drive their girls to their meet locations and provide security."

Brown said the bust was a joint operation with Dublin police, the Alameda County Safe task force and the Alameda County probation office. He noted that probation officers are involved because often those charged are on parole for previous arrests. The Safe task force focuses on sex crimes, although primarily on violent crimes and sex offenders.

The sting was based on Internet advertising, something that Brown said is still occurring despite Craigslist's decision last year to stop accepting adult services ads on its website. He said there are "a lot of other sources."

The arrests are all misdemeanors, and Brown said the jail time for each may vary depending on his or her history and what the district attorney chooses to do.

This kind of sting occurs periodically, sometimes in Dublin and sometimes in other nearby areas, Brown said.

"We do this probably every six months, just to deter them from coming into the Tri-Valley area," he added. "You can't stop it from occurring."

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