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11 Men Arrested In Riverside Sex Sting

RIVERSIDE (CBS) — Eleven men were arrested Friday during a sex sting in Riverside.

The sting was set up to deter cruising along one of the city's most-trafficked prostitution areas.

The police department's vice squad unit nabbed the "Johns" during a half-day operation Thursday on University Avenue, according to Sgt. Dan Warren.

"The focus ... was to stop men who drive the University corridor and solicit women for sex acts in exchange for money or drugs," Warren said.

"This type of operation directly addresses liability issues in the city by deterring the future behavior of offenders and discouraging prostitution."

Detainees were booked on suspicion of solicitation for prostitution, loitering for the purposes of prostitution and lewd acts in public -- all misdemeanors -- according to the sergeant.

Ten of the men had their vehicles impounded, he said.

Johns could face three years probation, 10 days in jail and fines totaling $700 -- not counting court fees -- according to Warren.

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