Thirteen people from the Baton Rouge area and Mississippi were arrested on counts of prostitution Thursday night in a sting operation by the Ascension Parish Sheriff’s Office, Gonzales Police Department and East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff’s Office, Chief Deputy Bobby Webre in Ascension Parish said.

Undercover detectives made contact with those arrested on the website Backpage.com, where some people advertise their services under the guise of an escort service, Webre said in a news release.

The Ascension Parish Sheriff’s Office arrested eight suspects, and Gonzales police arrested five, Webre said. All were booked on counts of prostitution or solicitation of prostitution.

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