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Nine people were arrested in Lincoln on Feb. 3 as a part of the National Johns Suppression Initiative aimed at reducing sex trafficking, the Lincoln Police Department said Thursday.

The nationwide operation netted the arrests of 723 would-be sex buyers and 29 traffickers across the country, according to the Cook County Sheriff's Office in Illinois.

The operation ran Jan. 18-Feb. 5 and included nearly 30 law enforcement agencies in 15 states. Agencies rescued six underage girls and 86 adults they say were lured into sex trafficking, the sheriff's office said.

In Lincoln, five men ranging in age from 18 to 41 were cited on suspicion of solicitation of prostitution, a misdemeanor. Four women, 20 to 33, were cited on suspicion of prostitution.

This is the fourth time Lincoln police have gotten involved in the nationwide initiative.

Prostitution is defined as a person willingly exchanging sex for money. Sex trafficking happens when a commercial sex act takes place through force, fraud or coercion by a trafficker.

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