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Ankeny Prostitution Sting Nets 11 Arrests

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ANKENY, Iowa —Ankeny police said officers arrested 11 people on prostitution charges Wednesday.

Police said an ad placed by authorities on backpage.com resulting in about 200 inquiries.

The arrests took place at a hotel in Ankeny, police said. Ankeny police said they rotate prostitution stings among the 12 hotels in Ankeny focusing on the predators who surf the web and may be involved in human trafficking offenses.

Police released a list of those arrested and charged in connection with this case:

Andrew Novak, 27 of Ames
Chris Gilroy, 61, of Story City
Scott Daniel, 45, of Pleasant Hill
Rita Gray, 45, of Des Moines
Levi Riddick, 21, of Bloomfield
David Nord, 48, of Sleepy Eye
Michael Spurlock, 54, of Ames
Thwang Chia Hlun, 25, of Des Moines
Sarina Williams, 21, of Des Moines
Erin Blue, 28, of Des Moines
Luis Espinoza, 40, of Denver, Colorado

Police said a charge of prostitution is punishable by up to two years in prison and a fine of $625 to $6,250.

Police said Erin Blue was additionally charged with interference and arrested on two outstanding warrants while on scene.

The 11 were taken to the Polk County Jail.