Thursday, Aug. 7, 2014 | 6 p.m.
Almost 200 arrests were made as a result of a recent national sex trafficking sting operation, Metro Police said.
From July 17 through Aug. 3, law enforcement agencies from 14 states participated in the eighth "National Day of Johns Arrests," in their respective jurisdictions, police said.
Metro Police focused their efforts on all prostitution-related crimes, including those who exploited adult women and juveniles who were forced into the commercial sex trade, police said.
Sting operations resulted in the arrest of 19 "Johns" — those paying for sex. Eight adults and eight juveniles were identified as sex trafficking victims, and police said 153 others were arrested for various crimes related to prostitution.
The sex trafficking operations were started in 2011 by Sheriff Thomas J. Dart of Cook County, Ill., in an effort to expose sex solicitors as criminals.