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Gallatin County arrests seven people in undercover prostitution sting

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BOZEMAN - Seven people were arrested as result of an undercover sting intended to target human trafficking in Gallatin County.

The Gallatin County Sheriff's Office says they collaborated on the investigation with the Bozeman Police Department and Homeland Security. Undercover officers placed ads online advertising sexual services.

When alleged "johns" responded to the ads and arrived at the locations, they met undercover officers and were arrested for the crime of prostitution.

Gallatin County says its anti-trafficking stings are intended to focus on both the "demand for such services" and the "human traffickers exploiting young men and women."

Gallatin County lists the names of the suspects as Calvin F. Bender, Cody M. Umland, Mark A. Steed, Matthew J. Maus, Shannon J. Rodman, Travis M. Staker and John C. Sanders.

Montana state law says a first offense for a patron convicted of prostitution can carry a $1,000 fine and a year's jail time. A sex worker convicted of prostitution can be fined $500 and jailed for up to six months.

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