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Residents "not surprised" following 3 prostitution arrests

Christina Dowd (Source: Myrtle Beach Police) Christina Dowd (Source: Myrtle Beach Police)
Jennifer Gillespie (Source: Myrtle Beach Police) Jennifer Gillespie (Source: Myrtle Beach Police)
Jodie Jessurum (Source: Myrtle Beach Police) Jodie Jessurum (Source: Myrtle Beach Police)

MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) Three women were arrested early Sunday morning on prostitution charges.

Jodie Jessurum, 31, Christina Dowd, 35 and 32-year-old Jennifer Gillespie were arrested within blocks of one another. One at the corner of 2nd Ave South and South Ocean Blvd, one at the corner of 7th Ave South and South Ocean Blvd and one at the corner of North Kings Hwy and 2nd Ave North.

Each woman faces her first offense of prostitution. 

A hotel staff member on South Ocean Blvd, who asked to remain anonymous, told WMBF News Reporter Monique Blair, the hotel sees prostitution behavior often. The anonymous staff member said the hotel monitors the amount of traffic a suspicious guest has coming in and out of the hotel. If a guest is believed to be participating in illegal activity, they are removed from the hotel.

Business owners near the locations of the arrests also said they see this illegal behavior frequently.

"I see so much going on over here when I'm at the store everyday. I look at it at my business when I'm out driving around; I see every minute it's happening," Save Mart Convenience Store Owner Peter Patel said.

He said prostitution has a negative impact on everyone.

"I think it brings a lot of bad elements around. It does a lot of bad things to the businesses, creates a lot of nuisance and I think it just gives a bad impression," Patel said.

Anthony Hoang's business is new to the area, it opened only days ago at the corner of 7th Ave South and South Ocean Blvd.

"I'm pretty much shocked at this moment of what happened last night," Hoang said.

He said the nature and projected clientele of his business could make the illegal activity go away from his location.

"I definitely believe it will help the community. It will definitely bring people to this place where it will scare off people who actually are not here for a good cause," Hoang said. 

Police said these women were acting suspiciously, thus causing their arrest. They say the arrests was not part of a sting operation.

First offenses of prostitution are misdemeanors in South Carolina. 

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