The Dalles Police Department says four people were arrested and charged with misdemeanor commercial sexual solicitation as the result of a recent online sting operation that targeted the demand side of prostitution and sex trafficking. Investigators posted fake advertisements online for commercial sex. The majority of those arrests were local individuals who reside in the area of The Dalles. All cases have been referred to the Wasco County and Sherman County District Attorney’s Offices for review and potential prosecution. In a statement, the department says the operation provided participating agencies a snapshot of how much prostitution and human trafficking is occurring within area communities. The Dalles Police Department was joined by the Sherman County Sheriff’s Office, Columbia River Inter-Tribal Police Department, Homeland Security Investigations, the Gilliam County Sheriff’s Office, and the Mid-Columbia Human Trafficking Task Force in the sting operation. Tips of suspected human trafficking can be reported to the National Human Trafficking Hotline at 1-888-373-7888.