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Three men arrested for patronizing a prostitute in first sting operation in Sprague revitalization plan

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The signs went up earlier this month, but three men on Wednesday night ignored them The signs went up earlier this month, but three men on Wednesday night ignored them
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Cotton said three men were arrested for attempting to "patronize decoy officers," and two of the three men were the registered owners of their vehicles, so their cars were towed. The men will be required to pay a $500 fee, in addition to other impound fees. 

The Spokane Police Department said the money collected from the impound fees will go to sex trafficking victim advocate and resource services to provide assistance to women who are victims of sex-trafficking. The Police Department also said a portion of the impound fees will help support continued crime reduction efforts in the East Sprague area.  

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