Four female police officers posing as prostitutes helped arrest 22 men late Friday and early Saturday on charges of pandering.
Officers from the Columbus Police Department and the Muscogee County Sheriff's Department made the arrests at the Travel Inn, 3600 Victory Drive, Police Capt. Bill Turner said Saturday.
"We've had complaints about prostitution in that area," Turner said. "We were addressing those complaints."
Pandering is a misdemeanor. On Saturday afternoon, some of the suspects appeared in Recorder's Court while others were freed on bond and didn't appear in court.
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The men's ages ranged from 21 to 61 and most came from Columbus, Phenix City and Fort Benning.
The undercover operation at the Travel Inn was part of a larger drug and sex crimes investigation, which covered two Columbus neighborhoods and resulted in 46 arrests.
About 40 officers took part in the investigation from around 10:30 p.m. Friday to about 4 a.m. Saturday on Victory Drive and in the East Highlands area, Turner said. In the end, police filed 55 charges, which included pandering, solicitation of sodomy, prostitution, marijuana and cocaine possession, and attempts to buy drugs.