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22 men arrested in child prostitution ring bust

Last Updated Nov 10, 2015 at 9:24 am EDT

A York Regional Police badge is shown in a 2014 file photo. CITYNEWS

An investigation into a juvenile prostitution ring has led to the arrest of 22 GTA men, York police said Tuesday.

The men were arrested over a four-day period, after trying to solicit the sexual services of girls under the age of 18 between Nov. 2-5.

The men were arrested at hotels in York Region.

Police say the operation was part of a larger investigation, “Project Raphael,” which focused on the exploitation of underage girls being advertised online.

The accused face 65 charges including luring a child for the purpose of obtaining sexual services for consideration from a person under 18 and obtaining sexual services for consideration from a person under 18 years.

The identities of those charged have not been released.