Eleven women accused of prostitution and
an alleged pimp were busted in Gulfport during a three-day sex
sting, authorities said.
Police said the women were offering their illegal services
mostly in cars with prices ranging from $20 to $40. The women
arrested ranged in age from 32 to 58, though most of them were in
their 40s. Five of the 12 already have pleaded guilty to
prostitution and were fined $200.
Police Chief Alan Weatherford told The Sun Herald newspaper that
vice officers devised the sting operation to round up the alleged
prostitutes following complaints from neighborhood residents.
One of the women allegedly told the officers that the
prostitutes were "just trying to support crack habits by selling
"We're not going to stop pursuing this," Weatherford said.
"And we're not going to stop pursuing the people who pay these
prostitutes for their services."
Weatherford offered a warning for men cruising the streets
looking for prostitutes: The next woman you see working the corner
could be an undercover officer.
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