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in. Top Latest Most Commented. Florence, SC. WPDE — A rifle was found lying next to a man on James Avenue in Hartsville where he had been critically wounded in a shooting, according to a police report.


He said unfortunately it winds up being the scene of a lot of issues like prostitution and drugs.

The prostitution stings are at least temporarily doing some good, Nunn added, and the embarrassment of the suspects being caught in it will help get it off the streets. The other half is set up in a "safe room" at one of the hotels, and an undercover female narcotics investigator poses as a prostitute in the ading room who then waits for the men who are soliciting sex. All rights reserved.

The males were charged with solicitation of prostitution and the females were charged with prostitution. View a slideshow of the arrested individuals here.

A website known for advertising prostitution and the keyword Florence is one way the undercover investigators find the suspects who advertise their availability. A total of nine arrests were made.

It swept through the entire I and Highway 52 corridor stopping at multiple hotels. Once the exchange of money for sex occurs, which is heard over a radio system as well, the investigators then arrest the suspects and are transported to the Florence County Detention Center.

The team works the prostitution sting both ways. There is not one exact geographical deation of where prostitution is; Nunn explained and I and Hwy 52 is midway between New York and Miami and with the high amount of hotels.

Half of the narcotics investigators are part of the travel team who go from hotel to hotel who are there to round up the females who are advertising themselves for sex. FCSO and City of Florence Police narcotics divisions will continue to conducts these prostitution stings periodically.

It has a complete deleterious effect across society and it's no more evident at these locations where the hotel owners ask us to help them, so this is a citizens complaint and we are glad to help them," said Major Mike Nunn with the Florence County Sheriff's Office. Narcotics investigators from both FCSO and the city of Florence narcotics division conducted the operation.

Nunn said prostitution is alive and well in our community. There is a monitor set up in the safe room to watch the interaction. WMBF News rode along for the exclusive video of the five-hour operation.

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By Monica Steiner , Contributing Author.


The sting was conducted following numerous complains for suspected prostitution near businesses at U.