SCITUATE, R.I.—State police say 14 people have been arrested in Rhode Island on prostitution-related charges.
The arrests happened Saturday when state troopers conducted a sting of a brothel in Providence. State troopers posed undercover either as female prostitutes or male panderers and security guards, and arrested male customers once they agreed to pay money in exchange for a sex act.
The 14 were arraigned before a justice of the peace at Rhode Island State Police headquarters. State Police say about half of those arrested were found to be in the country illegally.
The General Assembly last year closed a loophole in state law that permitted prostitution as long as it occurred indoors.