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Five Women Facing Charges Following Prostitution Sting In Huntington

Reported: Apr. 1, 2014 9:22 AM EDT
Updated: Apr. 1, 2014 5:30 PM EDT
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HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (Dave Benton) -- It's known as the world's oldest profession. Monday night, Huntington Police arrested 5 women and charged them with prostitution.

Steve Tugman lives on 6th Avenue where police arrested the women. Tugman knows first hand how bad the problem is, he's seen the criminal activity on his property. "I walked out on my property and she was with a man, a date and they were doing their business. I was appalled."

Eyewitness News met one woman who attends the Spirit Of The Lord - United Holy Church on 6th Avenue. Billie Vickers credits the church with turning her life around. She says she used to be a prostitute. "I just decided I needed to clean myself up, I want my freedom. I've been clean since 2009. This church is an extended anchor and we accept everybody."

Police say anybody who may suspect prostitution in a particular area of town should call their anonymous tip line. 304-696-4444.




HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (Tiersa Davis) -- Huntington police arrested five women in connection to a prostitution sting on Monday.

Jennifer Johnson, 23, Tracy Langdon-Blake, 38, Belinda Fuller, 40, all of Huntington and Barbara Fulton, 58, of Ranger were charged with third-offense prostitution. Tabitha Hodges, 19, of Lexington, N.C., was charged with first-offense prostitution, which is a misdemeanor.

The Huntington Police Department's Special Emphasis Unit and an undercover trooper with the West Virginia State Police conducted the sting on Sixth Avenue between First and Sixth streets on Monday. The sting was a follow-up to the investigation that happened on March 6 when five other women were arrested on prostitution charges in the same area.

Police said tips from the community and the continued sting operations will help to curb the criminal activity in that area.



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