D.C. police on Wednesday announced more arrests as part of a crackdown on prostitution that began last week in the downtown area of Northwest Washington.
Police say they’ve now arrested 41 men as part of the operation run by the department's Human Trafficking Unit. The latest 11 arrests occurred late Tuesday and early morning Wednesday.
All the suspects were charged wit soliciting prostitution. Police said the operation is continuing.
No other details have been provided.
The arrests come after D.C. Council member Jack Evans recently unveiled a proposal that would allow police to tow and impound a vehicle when they have probable cause to believe it has been used by a so-called john. Evans dubbed his measure the “Honey, I lost the car” bill and said it is meant to combat what he called a rise in street prostitution.
Since January, D.C. police have conducted several stings at hotels near Thomas Circle in response to concerns from area business owners, church pastors and residents who said they still saw prostitutes along 14th Street NW, near the city’s now defunct red-light district.
In their operations, police lured men with fake ads on the Internet and then waited for them to knock on hotel doors.