South Burlington police say they nabbed seven men Wednesday, accusing them of trying to have sex with a prostitute.
The men range in age from 42 to 67. Police say they were caught during an undercover operation.
Minutes after police say they placed an ad on a website known to be used by prostitutes...people started responding.
"The phone was ringing, the texting had started, and we were getting numerous e-mail requests,” Detective Ron Bliss said.
Bliss says the ad was up for 6 hours and during that time 40 people asked about paying for sex.
"We were actually stunned by the amount,” Detective Bliss said.
Police say seven of the men showed up at the Anchorage Inn in South Burlington. And that's when they found out their so-called prostitute was actually a police officer.
Bliss says after making sure the men were the ones who had originally responded to the ad they were taken into custody.
Police say with drugs becoming more of a problem in the region, prostitution is on the rise and the women are sometimes victims.
"The girls, especially if they're being human trafficked, they're either being paid in drugs, they're being fed, they're being clothed. They're really not making money,” Det. Bliss said.
Police say the operation at the inn will hopefully help cut down on prostitution by decreasing the demand.
"I suspect we'll run other operations. I think this shows that there is, there's a lot more activity than we anticipated,” Det. Bliss said.
The seven men face charges of prohibited acts.
They are due in court next month.
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