Nassau County authorities arrested 104 men for allegedly soliciting sex for money from undercover cops in a month-long sting called Operation Flush the Johns, the Daily News reported.
Nassau County District Attorney Kathleen Rice reportedly hoped to send a message to men who pay for sex.
In a statement, Rice reportedly said that sex workers "too often remain the prime targets in prostitution investigations while the johns who fuel the exploitation are treated as mere witnesses."
The encounters were arranged through the website Backpage.com, and then captured on hidden cameras in hotel rooms, Rice's office said. When the men arrived at the hotel room, they would be met by an undercover officer posing as a prostitute. As soon as money was offered, the men would be arrested and charged.
All 104 men pleaded not guilty. The maximum sentence each would face is one year in jail.
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