Nine men have been arrested in Dothan as part of an undercover prostitution sting.
Police Chief John Powell says it's important to arrest those who provide demand for what some call "the world's oldest profession."
"The bad guys the Johns are out there looking for someone to carry out that sexual activity. If we can eliminate the johns from being around, the girls are going go someplace else. We don't want it in our city," said Chief Powell.
More than three-weeks of planning went into the undercover investigation. Those involved including a female officer from Enterprise, follow strict rules so suspects can be prosecuted for solicitation.
"They let the John's initiate the conversation and tell the girls what they want. All the girls do is ask what they are looking for they don't say what they give They don’t specify what they are doing. They let the johns come out and tell them what they want," said Undercover Investigator.
In total nine men were arrested charged for soliciting prostitution.
The sting brought a City of Dothan employee and a reserve officer from an area police department into custody.
Chief Powell says the operation comes directly from citizen complaints and was recently told this story.
"A girl was saying she wanted to borrow a dollar, then person said they didn’t have a dollar and was trying to move on then she offered a sexual act for money so it's complaint driven and we are concerned about it."
Powell leaves this message for people taking part in these crimes: “I can tell you this is not the first time the Dothan Police have been involved in this and it will not be the last."
Undercover officers explain that they are never more than ten seconds away during an operation of this kind and they always maintain eye contact with the agent acting as a prostitute to ensure their safety.
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