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(WBIR-Knoxville) The Knoxville Police Department said officers arrested 19 people following a prostitution operation spanning from Thursday through early Saturday morning.

According to Lt. Keith DeBow, officers received numerous complaints of prostitution and other criminal activity in the area of Central St. and Broadway.

KPD launched several operations at different times of the day, targeting prostitutes who were soliciting, and those patronizing prostitution. DeBow said officers pose as prostitutes and customers in the operations, which are planned to continue through summer in the area and others throughout the city.

In the first roundup, a total of 8 men were charged with patronizing prostitution and 11 people were charged for soliciting prostitution.

Charged for patronizing prostitution:

Patrick Welch 48, of North Knoxville

Manuel Santiago 43, of North Knoxville

Ricky Hollifield 54, of Jacksboro

Alvin Caffey 52, of East Knoxville

Jeffery Croft 49, of Clinton

Henery Gonzales 34, of West Knoxville

Randolph Hunter 58, of East Knoxville

Jeffrey Williams 51, of Tazwell

Charged for Soliciting prostitution:

Tracy fox 28, of East Knoxville

Diedra Walker 43, of North Knoxville (Charged with 2 counts of prostitution and 1count of promoting prostitution)

Angie Nichols 43, of Maryville (also charged with Possession of drug paraphernalia)

Yolanda McKenzy 58, of East Knoxville

Josephine Collwell 39, of North Knoxville

Victoria Stafford 47, West Knoxville

Reanna Willhite 29, of South Knoxville

Johnnie Long 58, of Marryville

Marie Crawford 48, of North Knoxville

Emily Carmichael 22, of East Knox County

Tiffany Sharp 44, South Knoxville (also charged with Possession of drug paraphernalia)

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