WENATCHEE — Police arrested five men in a prostitution sting Saturday and Sunday after placing an ad on a social networking site.
Investigators put the ad on backpage.com, used a confidential informant to answer a prepaid phone, and set up a meeting at a local motel with those who called.
The five men ages 25 to 46, were arrested late Saturday night and early Sunday. They were booked into the Chelan County Regional Justice Center on suspicion of patronizing a prostitute, a misdemeanor, said Wenatchee Police Sgt. Cherie Smith.
Two of the arrested men are from East Wenatchee, one from Wenatchee, one from Brewster and one from La Quinta in Southern California.
Smith said police have previously tried to catch prostitutes by responding to ads on social networking sites.
“We just don’t want prostitution in our city,” she said.
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