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Prostitution sting nets 30 arrests, including 17-year-old girl

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A major prostitution sting netted 30 arrests in Johnson County, including a 17-year-old girl.

Authorities said it was a big and necessary operation.

"We've been doing an ongoing prostitution sting," said Master Deputy Tom Erickson with the Johnson County Sheriff's Office.

For three days the Johnson County Sheriff's office tried to take down people looking to participate in the oldest profession around.

"In this particular operation we're not only going after the prostitutes, but also after the Johns," Erickson said.

Undercover deputies posed as both solicitors and prostitutes during the operation. In the end, 30 men and women, including a 17-year-old, were arrested – 24 for solicitation and six for prostitution.

The arrests included 23-year-old Brittany Morris, who was formally charged with prostitution Friday afternoon.

Deputies said it was a lot of work and a very successful sting.

"The priority for prostitution is because of everything that comes with it and that's drugs and weapons. It's just not the prostitution piece itself, it's all the other crimes that come along with prostitution," Erickson said.

While the sheriff's office is keeping the details of the operation under wraps, authorities said the stings are crucial not just for those committing the crimes, but for anyone who might be caught up in a life they never planned to be a part of.

"We're also hoping through operations like this we are able to help some of the prostitutes who may be forced into this or have a pimp behind the scene," Erickson said.

Authorities said the stings will continue as long as prostitution in Johnson County continues to be a problem.

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