SAVANNAH, GA (August 26, 2013): A joint operation between Savannah-Chatham Metropolitan Police and Immigration and Customs Enforcement/Homeland Security Investigations resulted in 13 arrests relating to prostitution and ordinance violations last weekend.

The sting took place Friday, Aug. 23 and Saturday, Aug. 24. Upon completion of the operation five females were arrested and charged with prostitution for attempting to perform sex acts in exchange for cash at hotels along Highway 204 near Interstate 95 and the Midtown area. Additionally, two male and six female suspects were arrested and charged with escorting without a license at hotels throughout Chatham County.

The operation targeted hotels listed in ads posted on backpage.com.

SCMPD and ICE/DHS will continue collaborating on operations such as these with the objective of locating minors and victims of human trafficking.