Upstate prostitution sting dubbed "Operation Good Time" nets 54 arrests

Upstate prostitution sting dubbed "Operation Good Time" nets 54 arrests

GREENVILLE COUNTY, SC (WYFF) - Simpsonville police said 54 people have been arrested in a prostitution bust dubbed "Operation Good Time."

Police said the people arrested face several charges of prostitution, drug charges and one firearms charge during a prostitution sting.

Simpsonville Police Chief Keith Grounsell said Friday it could the largest prostitution bust in the Greenville County city of about 20,000 people.

Grounsell said the sting on Tuesday and Wednesday resulted in the arrest of 26 soliciting men and 28 prostitutes. They collectively face 64 charges, including 11 drug charges and one gun charge. More than $2,000 in cash was seized.

Eight of the 54 people arrested had outstanding warrants against them, including for failing to appear in court, violating probation and not paying child support.

Law enforcement officials used social media sites to locate prostitutes and advertise sex for money from undercover operatives, police said. Many of the individuals responded and met officers, according to Grounsell.

The people arrested in the prostitution sting tried to sell or purchase sex in exchange for money and were immediately arrested, Grounsell said.

Greenville County police also assisted in the bust, Grounsell said.

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