Honolulu police spokeswoman Michelle Yu said the police operation was prompted by public complaints.
worked with the FBI and Homeland Security Investigations
to conduct an undercover operation in response to numerous complaints of prostitution activity and unlicensed cosmetology and massage businesses," she
said in a statement.
said Wednesday that even before the law was changed, officers weren't having sex with prostitutes.
Sex trafficking is a very serious issue, Yu
said, and Honolulu police will work with federal authorities to "identify victims and get them the services that they need."