Neighbor complaints prompt prostitution crackdown in Clayton County
JONESBORO, Ga. —
Deputies in Clayton County cracked down on drugs and prostitution early Friday morning after neighbor complaints about rampant crime in their neighborhood.
Channel 2’s Sophia Choi tagged along during the undercover sting that netted three arrests.
The exact location of the sting cannot be disclosed because it is an ongoing operation.
Within five minutes of turning on the camera, an undercover deputy who was looking for prostitutes was approached by a man offering to sell him marijuana. The man took off running, but deputies caught up with him a few blocks away.
Later, Channel 2’s cameras captured two women walking across a street and soliciting an undercover officer. Both women were taken into custody after telling the officer to meet them behind a hotel.
Investigators said one of the women was also carrying drugs.
“Mothers and fathers can’t even walk their kids down the street without being harassed by prostitutes,” Deputy Sheriff James Beveridge said.
That’s why, Beveridge said, the Sheriff’s Office is targeting the northern part of Clayton County for prostitution and other crimes that come with it.
Deputies said news of a crackdown travels quickly. One woman approached a third undercover officer, but after a short conversation, she walked away.
Deputies said despite the arrests, the criminal cycle is hard to break. Investigators said the three arrested will likely be out of jail within 24 hours and go back to participating in criminal behavior.