Anti-prostitution campaign leads to 57 arrests

ctvtoronto.ca

 

An anti-prostitution sting in the east end has resulted in the arrest of 57 men on charges of communicating for the purposes of prostitution.

 

The operation was codenamed Project DOJO, Toronto police said Wednesday in a news release.

 

Const. Tony Vella told ctvtoronto.ca that DOJO stood for Diversion of John Offenders.

 

Undercover female police officers worked an area between Main Street and Victoria Park Avenue along the Danforth over the weekend and were approached by men looking for commercial sex.

 

Takedown teams then moved in to make arrests, he said.

 

One officer was assaulted in the course of an arrest being made, and one accused solicited an undercover officer from an allegedly stolen vehicle, he said.

 

Those charged are scheduled to appear in court on Thursday.

 

Vella said the arrests have come in response to complaints from area residents about street prostitution activity in their neighbourhoods.

 

A similar operation last fall netted 21 arrests.
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