JESSUP, Md. (WJZ) — Nine men were arrested Monday for solicitation of prostitution and related charges during a sting operation in Howard County.

Officers arrested the would-be johns for soliciting prostitution at a hotel on Washington Boulevard in Jessup. Detectives had put out fake ads on a website that was known to be used for prostitution.

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Men who called the number in the ad spoke with an undercover officer who gave a meeting location when the caller requested it.

When the men arrived and offered money for sex acts, they were arrested and charged with solicitation of prostitution and disorderly conduct.

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The men being charged are Andre Hutchins, 27, of Roanoke, VA; Adrian Emmanuel Hewitt, 24, of Lanham; Chaning Matthew Spriggs, 27, of Linthicum; Juan Sanchez-Melchor, 49, of Laurel; Miguel Roberto Mejia Vasquez, 35, of Annapolis; Eric Juan Heron, 44, of Glen Burnie; Matthew Allen Imholte, 41, of Columbia; Johnny Lewis Savage, 54, of Jessup; and Kenneth Simmons, 51, of Severn.

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If you are a victim of human trafficking, HCPD can offer housing, treatment and other help. If you suspect human trafficking or you or someone you know is a victim, call 911 or 410-313-3200 to speak privately to a detective. Howard County Police also has a tip line: 410-290-3784 or email: