Five men were arrested on charges of engaging a prostitute. From left are Laurier Ducharme, Haji Haji, Rickey Joler, Craig Melanson and Saidi West. Photos courtesy of Lewiston Police Department

LEWISTON — Five men were arrested Monday night, each charged with engaging a prostitute.

According to a Lewiston Police Department statement Tuesday morning, their names and times and places of arrest are:

• Laurier Ducharme, 59, of Auburn, 4:30 p.m. at 97 Ash St.

• Haji Haji, 60, of Lewiston, 5 p.m. Monday at 20 Horton St.

• Rickey Joler, 62, of Augusta, 8 p.m. at Ash and Bates streets.

• Craig Melanson, 60, of Lewiston, 5:30 p.m. Monday at Pine and Bradley streets.

• Saidi West, 34, of Lewiston, 6:30 p.m. Monday at 9 Horton St.

The arrests were part of ongoing efforts by the Police Department to target sex-related offenses and sex trafficking.

Engaging a prostitute is a Class E misdemeanor punishable by up to six months in jail and a fine of up to $1,000.

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