Prostitution sting nets 31 arrests - WDAM-TV 7-News, Weather, Sports-Hattiesburg, MS

Prostitution sting nets 31 arrests

By Laura Geller - bio | email

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) – 31 people are in trouble with the law after a three day prostitution sting in Richmond. Police told NBC12 they targeted specific areas where residents and business owners complained about the illegal activity. 

This operation was a little different than prostitution stings in the past. Police said they were able to get more resources and instead of focusing on one area, officers split up to make arrests citywide. 

The arrests span the city but many of them were concentrated on Chamberlayne Avenue, North Avenue and Jefferson Davis Highway. 

"You can see them walk up and then you see them ride down and get dropped back off in the same spot," said Sandy Murphy whose auto sales lot is right across the street from one of the motels where police arrested eight "johns."

On Wednesday and Thursday police targeted the hookers. One Friday, the sting focused on "johns" at the Southside Motel.

"Sometimes they just want to walk in front of the car lot up and down the pike and it causes havoc with us having to be out here and having to sell vehicles," Murphy said. "It blocks driveways. Customers don't know if you're the salesperson or what."

Richmond Police Lt. Bill Kelly said they need residents to let them know what streets prostitutes walk most frequently.

"We're going to continue to be aggressive about it and we're just not going to tolerate it," he said. "The citizens aren't going to tolerate it and the police department is not going to tolerate that type of activity."

But Murphy thinks while the situation has improved, police will never be able to fully eradicate the problem.

"It's like when they do the sting here, they'll move to Midlothian and what have you," she said.  "They'll find a way."

We did visit several of the motels on Jeff Davis Highway where we're told prostitutes take their "johns." Managers either didn't want to talk to our cameras or said they don't have those kinds of issues in their facilities.

Copyright 2010 WWBT NBC12. All rights reserved

  • Local NewsLOCALMore>>

  • State auditor gives overview of state spending to GOP Women's group

    State auditor gives overview of state spending to GOP Women's group

    Tuesday, September 19 2017 9:13 PM EDT2017-09-20 01:13:39 GMT
    State auditor Stacey Pickering speaks to a meeting of Forrest-Lamar Republican Women Tuesday. Photo credit WDAM.State auditor Stacey Pickering speaks to a meeting of Forrest-Lamar Republican Women Tuesday. Photo credit WDAM.

    State Auditor Stacey Pickering presented an overview of Mississippi's fiscal spending during a meeting of Forrest-Lamar Republican Women Tuesday. Pickering spoke about the state's new comprehensive annual financial report. That report and the Legislative Budget Report, just released Tuesday, can be found on the state auditor's website at osa.ms.gov. Pickering said his office is currently engaged in several public corruption investigations, which have led to several arrests in No...

    More >>

    State Auditor Stacey Pickering presented an overview of Mississippi's fiscal spending during a meeting of Forrest-Lamar Republican Women Tuesday. Pickering spoke about the state's new comprehensive annual financial report. That report and the Legislative Budget Report, just released Tuesday, can be found on the state auditor's website at osa.ms.gov. Pickering said his

    More >>
  • One escaped inmate captured, one at large

    One escaped inmate captured, one at large

    Tuesday, September 19 2017 8:46 PM EDT2017-09-20 00:46:26 GMT
    James Sanders; Source: MDOCJames Sanders; Source: MDOC

    Authorities captured Parchman escapee James R. Sanders on Tuesday afternoon, according to MDOC. Two inmates escaped from the Mississippi State Penitentiary at Parchman on Monday. Crime Stoppers announced Tuesday that they will offer a $2,500 reward for information leading to the capture of the escapees.  MDOC says they are looking for James R. Sanders and Ryan Young, who are both considered armed and dangerous. They are believed to have escaped Unit 30 between ...

    More >>

    Authorities captured Parchman escapee James R. Sanders on Tuesday afternoon, according to MDOC. Two inmates escaped from the Mississippi State Penitentiary at Parchman on Monday. Crime Stoppers announced Tuesday that they will offer a $2,500 reward for information leading to the capture of the escapees.  MDOC says they are looking for James R. Sanders and Ryan Young, who are both considered armed and dangerous. They are believed to have escaped Unit 30 between ...

    More >>
  • Cruz receives life sentence for 2016 murder

    Cruz receives life sentence for 2016 murder

    Tuesday, September 19 2017 8:31 PM EDT2017-09-20 00:31:48 GMT
    Melissa Dawn Cruz. Source: Forrest County Sheriff's DepartmentMelissa Dawn Cruz. Source: Forrest County Sheriff's Department

    A 2016 Forrest County murder suspect was....... The trial began on Monday and..... The incident occurred on the night of Friday, July 1, 2016.  According to investigator Nick Calico of the Forest County Sheriff's Department, authorities received a call at around 9:50 p.m. about a "suspicious person" walking on Old Highway 49. A second call was made later about a man lying in the road bleeding near Old Highway 49.  Deputies found Kei...

    More >>

    A 2016 Forrest County murder suspect was....... The trial began on Monday and..... The incident occurred on the night of Friday, July 1, 2016.  According to investigator Nick Calico of the Forest County Sheriff's Department, authorities received a call at around 9:50 p.m. about a "suspicious person" walking on Old Highway 49. A second call was made later about a man lying in the road bleeding near Old Highway 49.  Deputies found Kei...

    More >>
Powered by Frankly