CEBU CITY, Philippines – The police arrested 21 men and women allegedly involved in prostitution during a saturation drive conducted in down town Cebu City early Saturday morning.

With the bust and shut down of an expat favorite in Lapu Lapu a few months ago, perhaps Cebu is showing real intent to stop the sex tourism.

Senior Inspector George Ylanan, chief of the Criminal Investigation and Intelligence Branch (CIIB) of the Cebu City Police Office, said the operation was conducted after police received complaints from the City Anti-Indecency Board.

Most of the men and women were arrested along Magallanes and P. Lopez streets. Police said they were standing by the roadside waiting for customers.

Ylanan said that because they were not caught in the act, they will only be charged with vagrancy.

The saturation drive was the second biggest operation against prostitution in two weeks’ time.

Two weeks ago, the CIIB and other city police units also rescued 18 females believed to be prostituted women in Barangay (village) Kamagayan.

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