Two Women Arrested for Prostitution

By: Dara Rees Email
By: Dara Rees Email

Two women are arrested for prostitution in Harlan County and police say there are more arrests to come. The police chief says they're working hard to get the problem off their streets.

About two years ago, Harlan Police arrested a number of men and women during undercover prostitution stings. But some say the problem never stopped.

24 year old Melody Creech is charged with prostitution and public intoxication after police say she tried to pick up a man for sex on Cumberland Avenue Saturday night.

Harlan Police Chief Mike Thomas says, "I used an undercover detective on loan from the sheriff's office and he drove around in a car and within 5 minutes the girl flagged him down and solicited the deal."

The second arrest was made in this parking lot when a woman tried to solicit an undercover cop for sex Sunday night. All this just across the street from the Harlan Police Department.

23 year old Ashley Howard was arrested and charged with prostitution. Many people says they've seen suspicious behavior in downtown Harlan, but not everyone is convinced it's prostitution.

"We have a lot of people of all walks of life that walk through here and a lot of people drive by and assume that something is going on when really it's legitimate traffic," says Harold Parsons, a local business owner.

Harold Parsons says if he sees anything suspicious, he calls police, who are just a block away from his store.

"I just wanted to put out a reminder that we were still here, and that we were still going to fight against the prostitution problem," says Chief Thomas.

Chief Thomas says he hopes to make more arrests to clean up the city of Harlan.

Chief Mike Thomas says at least one of the women arrested admitted she was soliciting sex for drug money, and Thomas believes many others are walking the streets to support their drug habit.

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  • by William Location: seky on Aug 14, 2008 at 08:50 PM
    cast the first stone all that is perfect and is snow white
  • by Tony Location: Harlan on Aug 14, 2008 at 05:30 AM
    I don't think it is right for people to force their morals upon other people. If a woman wants to sale her body it's her business it should not be up to the courts or cops because all they care about is money which is the whole reason it is illegal in the first place. they say that it is illegal for other reasons..but that's not true. the only reason they won't legalize it is because they are afraid they won't get reelected or people will talk negatively about them..not because they don't care and that's the truth. These women are not hurting anyone but themselves so why not leave them alone? Let's be honest and face it men love sex and need sometimes without a relationship and it's just easier and faster that way because a lot of women,not all, are so stuck up that if a man doesn't look a certain way, dress a certain way, have certain job or money then they won't talk to them much less have sex. And sex is what prostitution is about. Some people are apparently afraid of competition!!
  • by Ross Location: Frankfort on Aug 13, 2008 at 08:00 PM
    If you haven't stopped it in five thousand years, what makes you think you can stop it tomorrow? Oldest profession in history.
  • by Anonymous Location: harlan on Aug 13, 2008 at 05:57 PM
    Drug addition is the fuel for this crime of desperation.
  • by nicholasville on Aug 13, 2008 at 03:59 PM
    I don't see the difference between those girls and a strip bar they both sell their bodies, but it is legal at a strip bar... DUH same thing.............
  • by Bill on Aug 13, 2008 at 06:00 AM
    Another waste of tax payer money.
  • by Anonymous Location: Harlan on Aug 12, 2008 at 09:58 PM
    Well it is wrong but you have to making a liveing some how
  • by MAC Location: BAXTER on Aug 12, 2008 at 05:17 PM
    It's bad enough the families of these girls have to live with the fact their children are out in the streets doing this, why should they have to be put to public humility by the press. Do what you have to do to clean up the town, but leave the innocent out of it. Start by prosecuting the men who go out and buy the girls in the first place.
  • by Puzzled Location: Bell County on Aug 12, 2008 at 04:58 PM
    Why is it that if these girls give it to everyone for free, no crime has been committed. $20 for it, go to jail.
  • by Elizabeth on Aug 12, 2008 at 04:02 PM
    Ok the world has reached an all time low. I can not believe you people are condoning prostitution as a means of survival. I don't care how poor you may get, there is no excuse to sell yourself. We have programs that offer help to those who need it , food stamps, something called a job, and local churches that can offer assistance. God didn't tell his disciples when times get tough, go sell your body. We need to blame ourselves not our government for the mess we're in as a nation.
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