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Chelsea police arrest 15 in prostitution sting

CHELSEA — Police said they arrested 15 people Friday who were allegedly involved in prostitution in the city. Undercover officers were deployed in the sting operation, code-named “Deflate Date,” an ongoing effort that targets prostitutes and clients, according to a statement from Chelsea police. The statement didn’t indicate whether those arrested were prostitutes or clients, and police didn’t immediately respond to requests for further information.

“The department has prioritized this enforcement effort and will continue these operations throughout the year to send a clear message of zero tolerance,” Chelsea Police Chief Brian A. Kyes said in the statement.

Alexandra Koktsidis can be reached at alexandra.koktsidis@globe.com.