Fifteen men from 12 Jersey Shore towns - including Toms River and Berkeley - have been charged with prostitution offenses after the State Police and Wall Township police staged an undercover operation at a local motel during the first week of April.
Those arrested were between the ages of 20 and 61 and reside in Wall Township, Bayville, Eatontown, Asbury Park, Middletown, Lakewood, Neptune, Toms River, Hazlet, Piscataway, Manahawkin and Howell, police said.
The investigation remains active; therefore the specific identity of those arrested will not be released at this time, police said.
Charges filed against the men included loitering for the purpose of engaging in prostitution and soliciting prostitution.
The men were released on a summons after being processed.
In February, the Wall Township Police Department said it conducted random inspections to ensure the local hotels and motels were adhering to township ordinances regulating the keeping of a registry and the minimum and maximum lengths of stay guests.
The Wall Township Police Department will continue to conduct quality-of-life checks within the area and make it more difficult for those who engage in criminal activity to operate out of any of the motels, police said.
Anyone with any information about criminal activity at local motels is urged to contact Detective Sergeant Joseph Wilbert, of the Wall Township Police Department, at 732-449-4500 or email@example.com.
Citizens with information who wish to remain anonymous about a crime or fugitive may contact Monmouth County Crime Stoppers confidential telephone tip-line by calling 1-800-671-4400; text “MONMOUTH” plus their tip to 274637; or, email a tip via the website at www.monmouthcountycrimestoppers.com.