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Cops arrested five men at Ridgewood's well-known prostitution spot at the corner of Cypress Avenue and Starr Street.

In the never-ending saga that is NYPD’s Operation Losing Proposition, another eight men were arrested last weekend in Ridgewood on charges of patronizing a prostitute.

As part of Operation Losing Proposition (QNS has written at length about the operation and its effect in July) female police officers dress as prostitutes, stand on the notorious corner of Cypress Avenue and Starr Street and wait to see who bites.

On Saturday, Aug. 6, at around 11 p.m. the operation yielded eight arrests, increasing the total number arrests in the area to 25 between May 2015 and today.

The men offered between $30 and $60 for a sexual act, according to a police department spokesperson.

Saul Cedello, 51, from Brooklyn; Doston Murotkulov, 20, from Brooklyn; Gil Edgar Manuel, 44, from East Stroudsburg, PA; Juan Espinoza, 32, from Queens; Julio Puma, 26, from Queens; Jose Rodriguez from Queens, Ivan Rosales, 47, from Queens, were all arrested and charged with patronizing a prostitute.

Manuelito Oliveras, 50, who lives at 68th Street in Middle Village, was not only arrested for patronizing a prostitute but also for criminal possession of a weapon — a gravity knife — and for possession of marijuana.

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Harvey Wachtel August 16, 2016 / 11:52AM
Just what we need. More cops making criminals out of people who are doing no harm. The gravity knife was about the only worthwhile thing about this. It's long past time to legalize and regulate sex-for-pay and let the criminal justice system concentrate on true criminals. (P.S. I include pimps and sex traffickers as true criminals, but you almost never see the cops going after them. I believe that regulation would do far more to put them out of business than this arrest-the-Johns stupidity will.)
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