arrests for prostitution-related violations along Harbor Boulevard,
said Sgt. Bob Ciszek.
Groups of female prostitutes work in circuits, traveling from city
to city, Ciszek said.
"They'll hit one area and then they'll hit another," he said.
To enforce prostitution laws, police conduct operations to arrest
prostitutes and their customers, johns.
"There's two ways to attack it," Ciszek said.
Detective teams routinely arrest prostitutes by posing as johns
soliciting sex, Ciszek said. This time, undercover officers played
the role of the prostitute, arresting anyone who attempted to trade
money for sex. Additionally, police also arrested several women who
were working as prostitutes that night.
The area around Harbor Boulevard and the 405 Freeway is notorious
for prostitution, Ciszek said.
"As long as I've been working, 21 years, that's where they work,"
Prostitution has been a recurring problem in this section of the
city and one that demands close attention from police.
"It's been a constant problem," said Sgt. Marty Carver. "It
requires routine maintenance in order to keep it under control."
Soliciting prostitution is a misdemeanor offense, but the women
who work the circuit seem willing to risk the penalty, he said.
"The amount of money they're making doing this, it's still more
lucrative than doing other things for minimum wage," Carver said.
Though recent police operations have resulted in numerous arrests,
prostitution within the city has not dramatically increased, Ciszek
Costa Mesa police arrested the following people on suspicion of
soliciting prostitution or loitering to solicit prostitution: Ayman
Matta, 30, Ontario; Lorenzo Morales, 45, Santa Ana; Teddy Tran, 39,
Garden Grove; Donald Andelin, 49, Peoria, Ariz.; Ramiro Romero, 40,
Costa Mesa; Jose Vargas, 29, Santa Ana; Staish Ramalingam, 41,
Irvine; Devon Harvey, 44, Tustin; Geoffrey Odhiambo, 23, Fullerton;
Joel Gonzalez, 21, Costa Mesa; Elias Pastrana, 31, Anaheim; Adrian
Rodriguez, 25, Long Beach; Francisco Magana, 21, Anaheim; Jeremy
Preall, 33, Huntington Beach; Cristian Flores, 19, Santa Ana; Peter
Tanibata, 43, Fountain Valley; Leonardo Contreras, 21, Costa Mesa;
Oscar Contreras, 22, Costa Mesa; Uriel Pedroza, 18, Costa Mesa;
Nicole Lever, 21, Phoenix; Andrea Bonin, 20, Mesa, Ariz.; juvenile,