It took about 20 minutes for one of the ladies to get a "buyer."
The ladies were three undercover Hollywood police officers, posing as prostitutes. They were part of an undercover operation Hollywood police did Tuesday night along Federal Highway near Pembroke Road.
One person had already come up -- on a bicycle -- to "negotiate" a price with one woman but left. Another man comes at about 6:25 p.m. in a two-door Chevy Monte Carlo. He strikes a deal, then goes to an ATM for cash.
He's back in a few minutes, ready to buy. But the "prostitute" recorded the whole conversation. Another officer, further away, has it on video. And more than 10 officers are within a few blocks and ready to move in.
In minutes, the man is handcuffed, searched and brought into a nearby substation. One officer drives the Monte Carlo to the substation, where Jason Fox with Superior Towing is working some extra hours, waiting for the car he will tow away.
By 6:40, the "prostitute" is back in on Federal Highway. Less than a minute later, another potential customer has pulled up. As the night goes on, the ladies get people in BMW's, bicycles and on foot.
One asks if the woman has contraceptives.
"You never can totally eliminate the act of prostitution, but you can deter it," Hollywood police spokesman Capt. Tony Rode said.
The prostitution stings rang from two a week to two a month, Rode said, depending on what each community needs.
"The overall objective of tonight is to enhance the quality of life for our citizens in South Lake and south central Hollywood," he said.