INTERNET PROSTITUTION SITE BUSTED BY WEST FRANKFORT POLICE
WEST FRANKFORT—Prostitution was apparently alive and well and in full (alleged) swing in the town of West Frankfort…until about a couple of days ago, thanks to police chief Jeff Tharpe and his crew.
According to information coming out of West Frankfort, Tharpe’s department had received information that a website, operating as backpage.com, was offering a portion of their site for “female escorts”…who were actually prostitutes.
West Frankfort, it turned out, was in the “service area” of these prostitutes, and “they were conducting unlawful acts in our town,” Tharpe said in a press release.
“On September 11, 2012, and undercover operation was launched into these crimes,” Tharpe’s PR said. “We contacted these prostitutes and they came to West Frankfort and solicited sex acts in exchange for currency. Some of the prostitutes were accompanied by others for protection or oversight.”
Throughout the night, Tharpe said, his agency arrested the following seven adults for prostitution:
April E. Snowden, 27, of Benton
Donald V. Snowden, 30, of Murphysboro
Dianne E. Behrens, 28, of Carbondale
Shareece L. Frye, 22, of Salem
Thomas L. Mapp, 22, of Springfield
Morgan M. Jones, 27, of Carrier Mills
Amanda DJ Rathert, 23, Carbondale
It’s unclear whether Tharpe pointed out that the ones arrested were “adults” because there were also juveniles involved, or what….we’re looking into it.
It’s also our understanding that the males involved were the pimps of the group.
Here are their mugs:
Good job, Tharpe & crew. There’s a lot of that kind of stuff going on; just not enough astute law enforcement to know how to handle it.
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