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Community concerns result in prostitution bust
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Community concerns result in prostitution bust

Sarasota, Fla. -- In response to public concerns over suspected prostitution activity, the Sarasota Police Department's Street Crimes Unit conducted a series of undercover prostitution stings in those areas.

The result, the arrests of six women and one pimp.

Photo Gallery: Sarasota prostitution bust Feb. 28

Those arrested included: 

  • Melissa Cowie, 27 (not pictured)
  • Sally Mertens, 36
  • Jessica Palmer, 31
  • Dezzerray Smith, 19
  • Elizabeth Matson, 33
  • Jennifer Dougal, 38
  • Fred Hall, 50

Four of the females arrested told police they were homeless, all were also arrested on narcotics-related charges.

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