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Several police agencies from the state of Kansas conducted a prostitution sting that ended in 39 arrests.

Officers from Merriam, Prairie Village, Shawnee, and Overland Park Police Departments along with the Johnson County Sheriff's Office arrested 29 men for soliciting prostitution and eight women for promoting prostitution during the three day prostitution sting.

"Prostitution is not a crime we think of as occurring in Johnson County, but with the number of arrests made it is very evident that it is here," said Sheriff Frank Denning. "We will continue to assist in joint endeavors such as this, in order to curtail this type of activity in our community."

Denning says that he has seen prostitution lead to assaults, thefts, and worse, recalling a cold case that once stunned the community.

'We have the deaths of three women, three prostitutes that were abandoned here in Johnson County, and we've never solved those homicides," said Denning, who says that most people don't associate prostitution with Johnson County, and he'd like to keep it that way. "We're sending a message to those that participate in prostitution, and those that solicit prostitutes that you will be arrested here in Johnson County."

The sting ran from November 30 to December 3. In addition to arrests for prostitution, officers also made two arrests for drug charges and seized over $4800.

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