AR: Prostitutes swept off Hwy. 161

Tuesday, June 30, 2009
Leader senior staff writer

The Pulaski County Sheriff’s Department arrested seven people Monday on prostitution-related charges along Hwy. 161 south of Jacksonville.

“We’ve had several calls from people who live out there, telling us where they were working and what they were doing,” sheriff’s department spokesman John Rehrauer explained.

“We did a saturation sweep to address the problem and we’re pretty happy with the results,“ he said.

“Working together, we can rid the area of this problem,” Sheriff Doc Holladay noted.”

B M, 28, of North Little Rock was arrested in the Prothro Junction area for prostitution, possession of drug paraphernalia and failure to pay a fine from the North Little Rock District Court.

J R, 24, Greers Ferry, was arrested on Hwy. 161 in the Rixie area for prostitution.

Arrested for patronizing a prostitute were D P, 58, of Jacksonville; K S, 69, of Cabot; C P, 27, of Jacksonville, and M W, 24, of North Little Rock. W was also arrested for contempt of court.

L W, 33, of Little Rock was arrested for promoting prostitution and on a fugitive warrant from the Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office in Florida for outstanding grand theft charges.

“These folks have been in the system before,” he said. “They got court dates. We want people to understand that if the problem continues, we’ll be back,” Rehrauer said.

Jacksonville residents have not been complaining to police about prostitution on South Hwy. 161 in the city limits, Capt. Charles Jenkins said.

“We’ve made arrests down there,” Jenkins said, but they are few and far between. “We’re not getting the level of complaints that the county is getting. We have a lot of patrols that go up and down that road,” he said. “Our presence may curtail that activity.”

posted by THE LEADER at 11:58 PM

Original at Arkansas Leader

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