MIDTOWN — An NYPD crackdown on prostitution in Midtown has led to the arrests of five alleged johns and six prostitutes in a pair of sting operations, police said.
Two female cops went undercover in an operation called "Losing Proposition" earlier this month, posing as prostitutes to set up men who were soliciting women on Manhattan's west side.
"We ended up arresting five males for soliciting them," said Inspector Timothy Beaudette, commander of the Midtown North Precinct, at the precinct's monthly community council meeting Tuesday. "The girls wear a wire. I can hear everything that's going on. They give the signal, and we arrest them."
On April 13, six alleged prostitutes, all women, were arrested in another sting. Police charged all six with loitering, and one of the women was also accused of grand larceny after cops found she was carrying a man's credit card.
"We've stepped up enforcement on street prostitution," Beaudette said. "We're stepping up enforcement on quality-of-life issues."