7 men arrested during internet prostitution sting in Florence

7 men arrested during internet prostitution sting in Florence

FLORENCE, SC (WMBF) – Seven men were arrested on charges of solicitation of prostitution Thursday during an undercover sting operation run by the City of Florence Police, an official confirmed.

Members of the Florence PD's Special Investigations unit conducted an undercover operation in which the suspect had arranged meetings through the internet with who they thought were prostitutes, according to Major Carlos Raines.

The seven man arrested were:

-Franquila Andre Byson, 37, from Beaufort

-Paul Aubrey Hawkins, 48, from Sumter

-James Davis Hilton, Jr., 40, from Manning

-Charles Rodney Squires, 45, from Conway

-Brian Marshall Tatum, 44, from Blenheim

-Juan Jesus Vazques-Acosta, 26, from Florence

-Gregg Napoleon Zinneerman, 37, from Ruby

All seven men were charged with solicitation of prostitution and admitted into the Florence County Detention Center between 8 p.m. and 11:08 p.m. Thursday, according to jail records.

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