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Petaluma prostitution stings nabs 6

The "pages" of customer lists Petaluma police obtained during a two-day prostitution sting will be used to prove illegal activity at three of the five massage parlors targeted late this week.

The customers themselves are not in police crosshairs, said Petaluma Police Sgt. Andrew Urton.

Police conducted the sting at five locations on Thursday and Friday, from

3 to 6 p.m. each day. Undercover officers were solicited for sex at three of five locations targeted.

One location, Pine Tree Massage, is located in a business park and the other two locations were in residential areas, police said.

Five people were arrested - three for solicitation for prostitution and three for living in a house of prostitution.

Police said that over the past year numerous complaints about the locations have been made by neighboring businesses, residents who reside in the area and disgruntled customers.

A search warrant was served after the undercover officers were solicited for sex, and detailed customer lists, with phone numbers and method of payment were found at the three locations.

"Is that meaning that everyone on these lists is doing something illegal?

By no means," Sgt. Urton said.


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