Fayetteville Police Arrest Nine in Prostitution Sting

AUGUST 28, 2006 - Posted at 7:53 a.m. CDT

FAYETTEVILLE, AR - Fayetteville police say they've arrested six women on prostitution charges and three men for promoting prostitution.  Officers said the arrests focused on so-called "escort services."

Police say the arrests were carried out Thursday at area hotels and motels after appointments were made using telephone numbers obtained from the Internet and from the phone book.  Police Sergeant Shannon Gabbard said detectives worked on the case for about a month after receiving a tip from a customer at a local motel about possible prostitution.

Police said undercover officers would "make a date" over the phone to meet one of the women offered by the services.  The officers would then meet their "dates" at various Fayetteville motels.  Gabbard said that, once the women brought up the subject of sex for money, they were arrested.  Also arrested at that time was anyone else associated with the women, such as drivers or anyone providing security or anyone else profiting from the scheme.

(The Associated Press contributed to this report.)