Cov­ing­ton woman ar­rested in pros­ti­tu­tion sting

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Cony­ers po­lice are turn­ing their sights to de­ter­ring pros­ti­tutes, in­stead of just johns, from com­ing to Cony­ers with a re­cent un­der­cover sting that ar­rested two women for pros­ti­tu­tion and one man for drug pos­ses­sion.

One of the women ar­rested was Suzette Hall, 35, of Cov­ing­ton, who was charged with pros­ti­tu­tion mis­de­meanor.

Un­like un­der­cover stings for johns, or pros­ti­tu­tion cus­tomers, the op­er­a­tion for ar­rest­ing a sus­pect for pros­ti­tu­tion is more com­pli­cated, said CPD spokesper­son In­ves­ti­ga­tor Kim Lu­cas.

“We had to do things a lit­tle dif­fer­ently,” said Lu­cas. “It’s a lot more in­tru­sive, a lot more of a danger­ous sit­u­a­tion.”

Un­der­cover de­tec­tives con­tact sus­pects who had posted ads and list­ings on so­cial net­work­ing sites. They re­quest the sub­ject to come out to the ho­tel in Cony­ers on an “out call.”

Some in­ter­ac­tion would take place to es­tab­lish the in­tent of why the sus­pect was there.

Dur­ing a sting on Wed­nes­day, July 16, two women and one man were ar­rested.

Beleta Don­shee Clay­ton, 32, of At­lanta was also charged with pros­ti­tu­tion and was also found to be in pos­ses­sion of mar­i­juana, less than one ounce.

The man that drove her to the site, Robert Eu­gene Adams, 28, of Litho­nia, was also found to have mar­i­juana and was charged with pos­ses­sion as well as pos­ses­sion of drug re­lated ob­jects.

While no pros­ti­tu­tion sus­pects con­tacted specif­i­cally men­tioned want­ing to avoid Cony­ers, as johns had done in past stings, it did take a while to have a prostitute come out to the Cony­ers site.

This was the first time CPD had con­ducted a sting on its own tar­get­ing pros­ti­tu­tion. A joint Rock­dale County Sher­iff’s Of­fice-Cony­ers Po­lice sting ear­lier this year had tar­geted both johns and pros­ti­tutes.

The sting is the lat­est in a cam­paign Cony­ers po­lice have been car­ry­ing out this year to de­ter pros­ti­tu­tion ac­tiv­i­ties and the crimes that seem to ac­com­pany such ac­tiv­i­ties, such as en­tered auto thefts, rape and hu­man traf­fick­ing.

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