Two men arrested in undercover operation targeting prostitution

SARASOTA, Fla. -- July 20, 2016 -- 10:30 a.m.

On Tuesday, July 19, 2016, the Sarasota Police Department Street Crimes Unit, with the assistance of the Narcotics Unit and the Patrol Division, conducted an undercover prostitution operation targeting individuals soliciting prostitutes.  These individuals are known as ‘Johns.’

The operation was conducted in the 4700 block of North Tamiami Trail, Sarasota.  Two (2) men were arrested and charged with Solicitation of Prostitution.  Two vehicles were also seized under City Code 33-271.

Pablo Esteban-Diaz, 35
2612 Hidden Lake Blvd., Sarasota, FL
Charge:  Solicitation of Prostitution

Joseph Mariotti, 54
4204 126th Street West, Cortez, FL
Charge:  Solicitation of Prostitution