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More than 30 have been arrested inside a number of College Park hotels as the result of a recent prostitution sting by Prince George’s County police.

County police District 1 and District 4 special assignment teams worked with the Narcotic Enforcement Division and the FBI Human Trafficking Unit to conduct the operation, where female officers posed as prostitutes to engage those attempting to pay for sex acts. The officers communicated with the suspects over the phone after placing fake ads on websites that are devoted to solicitation.

On Wednesday, authorities arrested 13 men for solicitation of prostitution and six women for prostitution in five College Park-area hotels. On Thursday, 11 more men and six more women were arrested for prostitution and related charges.

“Prostitution is a gateway crime. It can lead to drugs, robberies and shootings,” said Capt. Leigh Mints of the county police. “We want to let everyone know this kind of activity is not something we want in this county and we’re doing all we can to prevent it.”

According to county police, the department is encouraging area hotels and hotel management to cooperate with police in these operations and to notify authorities if they observe or suspect any activity involving prostitution.

The Prince George’s residents facing criminal charges for prostitution and solicitation of prostitution are Oscar Benitez, 42, of West Lanham; Joseph Cadet, 46, of Beltsville; Mahndel Green, 39, of Bowie; Niegel Kham, 27, of Beltsville; Keith Lambkin, 34, of College Park; Visuas Patel, 42, of Laurel; Anig Sawat, 49, of Berwyn; Clifton Stone, 52, of Bladensburg; and Gloria Reyes, 42, of Hyattsville.

Others arrested were from Annapolis, Silver Spring, Reisterstown, Ohio, Florida and Washington, D.C.

Attorney information was not immediately available.

djgross@gazette.net