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Berkeley, California (Monday, October 20, 2008) - We call it a “B” Sting when members of our Special Enforcement Unit go undercover posing as customers or “Johns” to curb prostitution (recognized in the California Penal Code as violations of PC 647A/B), along the San Pablo Avenue corridor.  

In response to recent concerns voiced by members of the community about such activity, the Special Enforcement Unit conducted a sting on the evening of October 16th.  The operation resulted in 6 arrests over the course of three hours.   

Although the primary mission of the Special Enforcement Unit is to stem the flow of narcotics in our city, we recognize the impact prostitution has on the quality of life of our residents.  We periodically conduct these operations to discourage these illegal activities.    

If you see what you believe to be prostitution or drug trafficking in your neighborhood please call the Berkeley Police Dispatch at (510) 981-5900.  Calls made to (510) 843-2677 (THE-COPS line) will bring on duty Drug Task Force officers your way.  We look forward to continued collaborations with our community.   

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