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Investigators try targeting different websites, nab 4 in undercover prostitution sting

Three women face prostitution charges and one man faces a pandering charge after a weekend undercover operation by the Multi-Agency Narcotics Squad.

Lt. Don Scalia said the operation happened Friday, Nov. 2, in the Buford area of Hall County.

“Undercover officers targeted suspects engaged in online prostitution and pandering,” Scalia wrote in a news release.

Three women from Dacula and Lula were charged with prostitution. A Lawrenceville man was charged with pandering and misdemeanor obstruction of an officer.

Gainesville Police and various units from the Hall County Sheriff’s Office assisted in the operation.

Scalia said not much planning went into the operation, as the officers started after dark Friday and worked into the early hours of Saturday, Nov. 3.

“We were just going to test the waters and see how we could do on some of these new websites,” Scalia said.

Scalia said the sites targeted are similar to Backpage and others previously targeted in investigations, but these new sites are harder to access.

“We’re going to fine tune what we do a little bit, and kind of on a random basis just try these again and see how they go,” Scalia said.