Eight men were charged with pandering, or seeking services from a prostitute, on Thursday and Friday.
The Statesboro-Bulloch County Crime Suppression Team, using an undercover agent posing as a prostitute, "conducted an operation designed to arrest individuals soliciting sex acts from an undercover subject," said Bulloch County sheriff's Chief Deputy Jared Akins.
"The operation was conducted with the cooperation of a local motel and was designed to target the 'johns' who purchase sex from prostitutes," he said. "As has been demonstrated in other counties locally, prostitution in many instances leads to armed robberies of the 'johns' and also encourages human trafficking of women."
The transactions were arranged via social media and text messages, he said. The identity of the hotel was not released.
Future arrests are expected as the CST continues the fight against prostitution in the area.
"Operations such as this will periodically continue in Bulloch County as a deterrent to prostitution," Akins said.
The men charged with pandering were mostly local, from Statesboro, Portal and Metter, but one was from Richmond Hill and another from South Carolina.
The following were charged with pandering:
Jarrel Gary, 30, of Woodrum Place in Statesboro.
Michael McGlamery, 53, of Highway 80 West in Portal.
David McMakin, 22, of Hucknall Place in Statesboro (also charged with obstruction).
Gregory Mincey, 35, of Hershel Drive in Metter (also charged with misdemeanor possession of marijuana).
Jonathan Parkey, 24, of South Terrell Street in Metter.
Donald Roberts, 26, of Oakcreek Court in Richmond Hill.
Bradley Wade, 38, of Burkhalter Road in Statesboro.