GOLETA, Calif. - Santa Barbara County Sheriff's deputies and Santa Barbara police arrested 20 men in a reverse "John" sting operation.
They said the men answered an advertisement on Backpage.com.
An undercover officer negotiated the price for sex and made a date at an undisclosed Goleta hotel on July 7 and 8.
The men arrested without incident are from Goleta, Santa Barbara, Ventura, Isla Vista , Solvang, Lompoc, Frenso and out of state.
They range in age from 20 to 66.
Officers said the bust focused on the customers rather than the prostitutes who are often victims of human trafficking.
The men booked into the Santa Barbara County Jail for violation of 647(b) PC, solicitation of prostitution include:
59-year-old Nho Nguyen of Santa Barbara
66-year-old Edward Farley of Santa Barbara
51-year-old Allen Obiols of Santa Barbara
20-year-old Vatche Agob of Isla Vista
28-year-old Jesus Saldana of Santa Barbara
35-year-old Justin Litterelle of Philadelphia
31-year-old Ger Hang of Lompoc
44-year-old Laszlo Nagy-Berta of Ventura
43-year-old Eric Fowler of Fresno
20-year-old Isaac Kielmanowicz of Santa Barbara
21-year-old Keisuke Hata of Goleta
34-year-old Ramon Chavez-Antolino of Santa Barbara
48-year-old Christopher Blaul of Santa Barbara
57-year-old Peter Gaum of Santa Barbara
20-year-old Matthew Wu of Santa Barbara
23-year-old Jose Torres of Goleta
56-year-old Antonio Perez-Collado of Goleta
44-year-old Juan Pimentel of Goleta