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Broward Prostitution Ring Busted by BSO

There are slightly fewer hookers walking around central Broward today, thanks to a sting operation by the Broward Sheriff's Office that netted a dozen suspects.

The sting was actually done with the cooperation of Broward residents, who helped cops nab the alleged streetwalkers and their alleged pimps.

Cooperation!

According to police, five men and seven women were arrested on Friday during an early-morning sting by the BSO's Central Broward and Dania crime suppression teams.

Residents who live in the area between the 600 and 900 blocks of NW 27th Avenue in unincorporated central Broward had called police about the hookers turning tricks in their neighborhood.

And police were able to throw together their operation.

Operation 47 Op featured undercover cops soliciting prostitutes over a four-hour span in the area on Friday.

The operation netted the 12 suspects.

According to Broward Sheriff's Office spokesperson Gina Carter, the BSO couldn't have done it had residents not made a fuss over it.

"Open communication between law enforcement and the community is crucial to ensure that the needs of the residents of Broward County are met as they relate to public safety," Carter said.

So, just remember that the old Sesame Street song "People In Your Neighborhood" did not feature hookers in it. Live by this simple rule of thumb and you might spot one or two walking around your home too. And then you can help the cops.

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