HPD jails 8 alleged Bypass hookers

Another prostitution sting in Hattiesburg -- and this time undercover agents targeted females.

Eight women between the ages of 31 and 51 were arrested Thursday afternoon in a sting operation along the Highway 42 Bypass --the second prostitution bust in the last three weeks.

The earlier sting netted six arrests, all men who allegedly solicited sex from undercover female officers.

Thursday, the women were charged with soliciting money in exchange for sex from male undercover policemen.  In addition, two of the women were charged with possession of paraphernalia.

The eight were transported to the Covington County jail because the Forrest County lockup was full.

Police identified the eight women as:

  • Barbra Riely, 40, prostitution and possession of paraphernalia
  • Geraldine Bass, 48, prostitution
  • Melissa Pittman, 40
  • Rhonda Ecroyd, 50
  • Vanita Houze, 42
  • Donna McGregor, 51
  • Came Reylonds, 31
  • Annie Henderson, 44 prostitution and possession of paraphernalia