Two men and three women were arrested on prostitution charges late Thursday during a sting by the North Charleston Police Department, an agency official said.

The "pickup operation" by the Selective Police Enforcement to Enhance and Deter team targeted street-level prostitutes, department spokesman Spencer Pryor said in a statement.

Five of the eight people arrested face a misdemeanor charge of solicitation for prostitution and a $470 fine, Pryor said.

Three other people arrested during the effort face misdemeanor charges of drinking in public, public intoxication and possession of drug paraphernalia.

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