Arroyo Grande is a city of approximately 17,000 residents, located in San Luis Obispo County, California. In September 2013, Arroyo Grande Police Department officers collaborated with their counterparts in nearby Pismo Beach and San Luis Obispo on a three-day web sting targeting both sex buyers and prostituted women. Officers posted and responded to advertisements soliciting sex on MyRedbook.com, and arranged to meet individuals who replied at nearby hotels.When asked about the impetus for and timing of the operation, law enforcement officers stated that they had hoped ”to discourage prostitutes and their clients from hooking up in local cities after two incidents of alleged violent rape, assault and robbery against prostitutes occurred in Pismo Beach and San Luis Obispo hotels earlier” in 2013.In a press release, the San Luis Obispo Police Department stated that “during the investigations of these and other crimes, officers learned that many such violent attacks on prostitutes occur quite frequently but are rarely reported by the victim. They fear they will be prosecuted for their illegal activity.” For this reason, area officers decided to join forces to “enforce prostitution laws” and “bring to the public’s attention the hazards of soliciting a prostitute or performing the services of prostitution.”
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