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11 people arrested for prostitution in Myrtle Beach Wednesday

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MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) – Eleven people were arrested for prostitution-related charges Wednesday in Myrtle Beach, according to online records.

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Officers with the Myrtle Beach Street Crimes Unit were conducting an undercover prostitution operation in the area of Yaupon Drive in Myrtle Beach Wednesday, according to police reports. Offenders were contacted by undercover officers, entered undercover vehicles, and agreed to sexual activity for prices ranging from $20 to $200, the reports state.

According to Myrtle Beach Police records, the 11 arrested people and their charges are:

-Pearl, Ashley Janay, 25, charged with drugs / unlawful to advertise for sale, manufacture, possess, and sex / prostitution, first offense.

-Evans, Tiffany Dawn, 30, charged with drugs / unlawful to advertise for sale, manufacture, possess, and sex / prostitution, first offense.

- Rowan, Michelle Renee, 24, charged with drugs / unlawful to advertise for sale, manufacture, possess, sex / prostitution, first offense, and failure to appear

- Eller, Amisha Nichole, 28, charged with sex / prostitution, first offense.

- Hixenbaugh, Jules Roy, 56, charged with sex / prostitution, first offense.

- Clark, Gary Lewis, 58, charged with sex / prostitution, first offense.

- Mcgill, Desiree Dawn, 35, charged with sex / prostitution, first offense.

- Cruz-toribo, Jose Juan, 32, charged with sex / prostitution, first offense, and driving without a license.

- Brown, John Henry, 58, charged with sex / prostitution, first offense.

- Torres-platas, Jose, 37, charged with sex / prostitution, first offense.

- Bryant, Daniel Quardre, 23, charged with sex / prostitution, first offense.

Lt. Joey Crosby with the Myrtle Beach Police Department says while it's a larger number of arrests, right now the department's investigation does not indicate the arrests are connected.

"This time our investigation doesn't reveal there's any ring or organization and that's something that of course we look at as we conduct these kinds of investigations.  But at this time, our intelligence is showing us that it's not," he said. 

However, Lt. Crosby says the department does take these crimes seriously. 

"The perception is, prostitution is a victimless crime and that couldn't be farthest from the truth... it's not, it's a quality of life issue for those neighbors living in that neighborhood - in which they want to see this matter addressed," he explained. 

Crosby went on to say, prostitution arrests often lead police to other violent crimes like armed robbery, and drug sales. 

"It's not just working against prostitution or addressing that matter. Working and addressing the matter of prostitution also assists us to address other criminal activity as well. So while the public may see this as we're just focusing on prostitution, we're not. We're gaining intelligence, and we're working on other criminal activity as well. In conjunction with the prostitution," he said. 

Crosby credits being able to make these arrests to what he calls a collaborative effort between the people who live in the area, and police. 

"It's working with the community to gain that intelligence, and us share the information that we have with the community. It's not just enforcement efforts. It's things like do we need additional lighting in that area... do those wooded lots, need to be cut the woods back to increase visibility in that area? So it's not just enforcement measures. We need long-term solutions, not just short-term solutions," Crosby stated. 

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