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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