Howard County police announced Monday that a weekend prostitution sting netted 10 arrests in Laurel, an area that has been plagued by prostitution and human sex trafficking.
In a "reverse sting," female officers wearing plain clothes worked in areas where residents had complained about prostitution and waited to see if they would be approached and offered money for sex. According to police, 10 men were arrested and charged with solicitation.
Those arrested Friday are:
• Dennekew H. Chebala, 62, of Washington, D.C.
• Oscar Iraheta-Garcia, 30, of Lanham
• Jose Astul Mejia-Portillo, 40, of Beltsville
• Johnny Edward Peery, 54, of Laurel