HAWTHORNE (CBS) — Hawthorne police arrested 11 people on suspicion of prostitution, one suspected pimp and 13 men who tried to hire a prostitute or a police decoy.

The 13 alleged “johns” were arrested on March 4 during a sting operation at Hawthorne Boulevard and Imperial Highway, Hawthorne police said.

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The larger operation started Feb. 21.

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Police are seeking “stay away” orders against the alleged prostitutes, which would make it unlawful for them to return to the areas in which they were arrested, officials said. Courts have granted the orders against four of the women, and the other cases are pending.

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