Dunwoody police charged seven people with prostitution, three people for pimping and one person for escorting without a permit Sept. 3.

The Dunwoody Police Department worked in conjunction with the Federal Bureau of Investigation Metro Atlanta Child Exploitation Task Force and the Gwinnet Police Department Vice Unit to conduct an undercover prostitution sting at a cooperating hotel within the city limits of Dunwoody, Officer Tim Fecht, a spokesman for Dunwoody police, said.

“Our goal of the operation was to rescue any victims of human trafficking and reduce crime as it relates to prostitution,” Fecht wrote in a press release.

Fecht said the sting wouldn’t have been possible without the strong relationships the police and the business and hotel community have.

Chief Billy Grogan made a budget request to add another detective to the department in part to combat vice crimes, such as prostitution. In addition to the Sept. 3 arrests, Dunwoody police have investigated four sex trafficking organizations in 2014.

“Over the past couple of years, we have seen an increase in the number of vice-type complaints,” Grogan wrote in a memo to city staff. “Unfortunately, the numbers of these types of complaints have exceeded our capacity to investigate and only continue to grow.”

If you suspect that someone is being forced into sexual servitude or participating in prostitution activities in Dunwoody please contact us at 678.382.6908 or ANONYMOUS TIPS: via SUBMIT A CRIME TIP, dunwoodypolice.com or crimestoppersatlanta.org, or text C-R-I-M-E-S (274-637) use the key word DPDTIPS at the start of your message. Each of these methods is confidential, encrypted, and completely anonymous.