Two of those arrests were in San
Francisco: Jonathon Thomas, a 23-year-old "john" soliciting
prostitution, and 25-year-old Joseph Nunez, a pimp, were taken into custody, according to San Francisco police. Booking photos were not yet available.
The SFPD, in conjunction with the FBI, conducted a prostitution sweep last week in which they nabbed seven men across the Bay Area, and rescued 60-plus women who had been working as prostitutes.
Richmond racked up the most arrests, taking three pimps into custody during the sweep. More arrests were made across Marin and in the South Bay, police said. The raid, dubbed Operation Cross Country, also rescued 79 children who had been forced into child prostitution across the nation.
FBI Specialist Peter Lee said this was no doubt "a great success," but was quick to note that their work was not over.
"The Bay Area is very well known for child prostitution.... It saddens me that we do still have to arrest so many for it," said Lee.Follow us on Twitter at @SFWeekly and @TheSnitchSF