Police arrested six men who allegedly tried to pick up prostitutes in the King of Prussia area.
On February 21, Montgomery County District Attorney Risa Vetri Ferman and Upper Merion Township Police Chief Thomas Nolan announced a joint law enforcement initiative aimed at investigating crimes involving human trafficking and the commercial sex trade.
On February 28, investigators organized a sting operation targeting the commercial sex trade in the King of Prussia area. Police placed an online advertisement offering prostitution services.
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Investigators say they received hundreds of responses to the advertisement. Ultimately however, police say six men organized a time and location to meet and even finalized a price. The men then allegedly met at the agreed upon locations where they were met by an undercover officer posing as a prostitute.
The men, identified as Sunil Shantilal Jagani, Andrew H. Kim, Scott Elliott Koefsky, Laltendu Mahapatra, Jason Daniel Schenck and Eric D. Zett were all arrested and charged with patronizing prostitutes.
Koefsky was also charged with illegally concealing a .25 caliber handgun, which investigators say they found in his possession during his arrest.
Each defendant faces a preliminary hearing. The dates of those hearings are pending.