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Five women arrested on prostitution charges

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A nationwide sex trafficking crackdown has netted some local arrests. Five women in Saratoga Springs face prostitution charges as part of Operation Cross Country. These are the first prostitution arrests in the county in years. Erin Vannella has more.

SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. -- Saratoga Police say it's a string of arrests unlike anything they've seen in years.

Five women from the Capital Region were arrested for prostitution in Saratoga County. An FBI task force looking into child sex trafficking came across five women from Albany, Saratoga Springs, Glens Falls, Loudonville, Troy and Ballston Spa.

Since none of the arrests are related to child prostitution rings, investigators now say the case is about targeting the people controlling the operation. Those individuals could face felony charges.

Saratoga police say prostitution in the city is rare and they haven't had any cases like it in years.

"It just so happened that we were in Saratoga Springs as part of the larger operation that was national in scope and our part of the operation again didn't resolve in, fortunately, any child victims, but we did end up arresting five adults on prostitution charges related to that larger investigation," said Saratoga Springs Police Chief Greg Veitch.

A sixth person has also been charged with petit larceny.

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