November 16, 2016
Six men are facing charges in connection to a prostitution sting carried out by police in King of Prussia, Montgomery County prosecutors announced on Wednesday.
The operation, jointly led by the Upper Merion Township Police Department and the Montgomery County Detective Bureau, consisted of officers placing online advertisements offering prostitution services. Authorities said hundreds of phone calls and text messages were fielded by police in response to the ads.
Each of the defendants allegedly partook in conversations about times, locations and prices for sexual services before meeting with an undercover agent posing as a prostitute in the King of Prussia area.
All six men have been charged with patronizing prostitutes and each will have a preliminary hearing with Magisterial District Judge James Gallagher.
The prostitution sting in Montgomery County, announced in February 2014, is aimed at investigating and prosecuting individuals who commit crimes related to human trafficking and the commercial sex trade at Montgomery County hotels.