A national coalition of law enforcement agencies, including the Lincoln Police Department, conducted a sting operation that started Jan. 17 and led to 552 arrests of would-be sex buyers and 30 sex traffickers, the Cook County Sheriff's Office in Illinois said.
The National John Suppression Initiative ran for three weeks, ending on Super Bowl Sunday, and included 23 law enforcement agencies in 14 states.
Among those detained by the Santa Clara (California) Sheriff's Office was a safety for the Denver Broncos, according to a news release. The player's brother was cited for solicitation.
Of the 13 arrested in Lincoln, six were would-be sex buyers, or johns. Two people were cited for pandering after driving women to hotels for prostitution. Five people were cited for prostitution. None of the accused sex workers arrested said they were being trafficked, police said.
Most of the offenders LPD cited are from Lincoln, but men from Omaha, Bruno, Nebraska City and Chaparral, New Mexico, are among the 13.
LPD also joined a national trafficking sting led by Cook County, Illinois, in August. That sting involved 17 states. In all, 1,032 people were arrested. Of those, 961 were johns, and 71 were traffickers. Sixteen people were arrested in Lincoln.
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