11 people are facing solicitation charges after an RCMP led operation in the downtown area of Grande Prairie.

Mounties say they conducted the enforcement operation after concerns from members of the public about criminal activity in the downtown area.

“This initiative supports crime reduction strategies to protect vulnerable sex trade workers in the city of Grande Prairie. We will continue to work with community partners, such as PACE to deter this type of crime in the future” said interim Superintendent Gregory Towler, Officer in Charge of Grande Prairie Detachment.

In all, 11 men ranging in age from 20-65 were charged with Obtaining Sexual Services for Consideration. Two other charges of impaired driving and possession of a controlled substance were also handed out.