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Dirty Dozen busted in sex sting

Eleven women accused of prostitution and

an alleged pimp were busted in Gulfport during a three-day sex

sting, authorities said.

Police said the women were offering their illegal services

mostly in cars with prices ranging from $20 to $40. The women

arrested ranged in age from 32 to 58, though most of them were in

their 40s. Five of the 12 already have pleaded guilty to

prostitution and were fined $200.

Police Chief Alan Weatherford told The Sun Herald newspaper that

vice officers devised the sting operation to round up the alleged

prostitutes following complaints from neighborhood residents.

One of the women allegedly told the officers that the

prostitutes were "just trying to support crack habits by selling

(our bodies)."

"We're not going to stop pursuing this," Weatherford said.

"And we're not going to stop pursuing the people who pay these

prostitutes for their services."

Weatherford offered a warning for men cruising the streets

looking for prostitutes: The next woman you see working the corner

could be an undercover officer.

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