Seven women were arrested Thursday night on suspicion of intending to commit prostitution at a South Ninth Street motel, authorities said.
Given a relatively slow night, a few Stanislaus County Sheriff's deputies decided to "put a dent" into the area's prostitution problem, according to Lt. Charles Grom.
Deputies converged at the California Inn, 1130 S. Ninth St.
There, they watched as various women flagged down cars. As soon as one of the women got a customer, an officer would alert another deputy who would watch the two enter a motel room.