10 arrested in new anti-prostitution sting in Bradenton

August 30, 2013 

BRADENTON -- Officers Thursday arrested 10 people, including two "known prostitutes," as part of a sting operation targeting prostitution along 14th Street West, according to the Bradenton Police Department.

Six men, ranging in age from 24 to 48, were charged with solicitation, which is a misdemeanor. Additionally, two of the suspects were also charged with driver's license violation and one, Carlos Diaz, 28, was also charged with child neglect.

Three women, including two identified by police as "known prostitutes," were charged with obstruction, as was a 16-year-old juvenile.

Police also seized two vehicles, as allowed under a city anti-prostitution ordinance.

"The operation was conducted as a result of complaints of prostitution related activity received from citizens and business owners in the neighborhood," police said.

This is the second time this month Bradenton police have conducted an anti-prostitution sting. Last week, 10 people were arrested in an operation targeting activity just off 14th Street West.

"We will continue to conduct these types of operations on a constant basis throughout the city's jurisdiction, until the criminals(s) realize that these illegal acts will not be tolerated within the city of Bradenton," said Police Deputy Chief Warren Merriman.

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