FLORENCE, SC (WMBF) After neighbors in one Florence community made numerous complaints about suspected prostitution activity, the Florence County Sheriff's Office made several arrests in what they are calling a prostitution sting.
Investigators with the Florence County Sheriff's Office arrested four suspects Thursday in a prostitution sting at an area motel located near the intersection of Highway 52 and Interstate 95.
Deputies arrested Diana Weaver, 19, John Garcia, 44, Jasmine Sanders, 21, all of Myrtle Beach, and 18-year-old Alonzo Law of Florence.
Weaver, Sanders, and Law were charged with one count of prostitution each, and Garcia was charged with solicitation of prostitution.
Hotel owners along US-52 in Florence say there are quite few people that frequently stay in their hotels.
But say it's difficult for them to know exactly what's happening behind closed doors.
From time to time, deputies with the Florence County Sheriff's Office say they receive complaints from hotel owners and guests of suspicious activity in motels in the US-52, I-95 area.
"When that happens we typically respond and try to set up an operation to put some of that activity down," said Captain Nunn with the Florence County Sheriff's Office.
And that's exactly what happened Wednesday...
According to a police report, the four were caught in a prostitution sting in a motel in Florence.
Guests staying at the motels in the area say it's not hard to figure out what's going on.
Hotel owners say they are cooperating with the sheriff's office, but say they can't just kick someone out of the motel without proof.
"For the majority of the hotel owners in the area, they cooperate with us, they bring matters to our attention, request our assistance and we're more than happy to accommodate them," said Nunn.
Officials say this area is a prime location for prostitution and drug activity because it is heavily traveled, and located right in the middle of New York and Miami.
"There are probably more hotel rooms at this intersection than just about anywhere up and down I-95, so it just stands to reason with that volume in that traffic and the number of rooms and hotels that could be the area where some of the vice-type offenses occur," said Nunn.
All suspects were released from the Florence County Detention Center on personal recognizance bonds.