Fridley Police Nab 19 Men, 4 Women in Prostitution Sting
The undercover operation took place at the LivInn Hotel with the cooperation of hotel management.
The Fridley Police Department netted 23 arrests Monday and Tuesday in a prostitution sting at the LivInn Suites hotel, according to Lt. Mike Monsrud.
All but one of those arrested face misdemeanors, including 19 men cited for soliciting, the St. Paul Pioneer Press reported (one of the four women arrested has a previous prostitution arrest and faces a gross misdemeanor).
Monsrud said by phone and email Wednesday that the "undercover prostitution detail ... was done in cooperation with the Liv-Inn Suites management who were very accommodating during the planning and execution of this detail."
All suspects were booked at the Anoka County jail and released, Monsrud said.
A similar sting last summer resulted in 24 arrests, the Sun Focus newspaper reported.
"Fridley Police conduct undercover prostitution details at various times and at various locations in our city throughout the year," Monsrud said. "Prostitution brings with it additional problems that we do not tolerate in our community. Fridley Police are committed to keeping a safe community for all our residents and visitors."