NEW JERSEY — Authorities say 1,018 people were arrested in a sting operation targeting prostitution that targeted the nation’s busiest hub for prostitutes.
Authorities say the arrests are part of a nationwide crackdown on the sex industry and are part.
The operation began Wednesday morning at a downtown hotel and was expanded Wednesday night as more people arrived at the downtown New Jersey Police Station, according to the department’s website.
More than 100 officers from the department, state and federal agencies, as well as a canine unit from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives were on the scene.
In the sting operation, officers arrested six people and seized $4,100 in cash and cash-only merchandise.
The arrests were part of Operation Sex Strain, a multi-state initiative by the state of New Jersey to combat the sex trade, which the state estimates makes up 25 percent of its overall $3.4 billion annual tax revenue.