Internet Prostitution Ring Busted in Colbert County
LEIGHTON, Ala. (WHNT) – A prostitution ring has been busted in the Shoals, resulting in arrest warrants for four women and a man.
When most people think of prostitution, they think of a woman standing on street corners approaching cars that pull over.
Police said that’s not the case these days. As technology has evolved, so has the country’s oldest industry.
“Of course there are probably thousands of different websites they can use,” explained Leighton Police Chief Brandon Hood. “This is just one of the ones that was brought to our attention.”
Chief Hood said he came across a flier that was left on Main Street with information about a woman offering her services.
After viewing her information on a website and finding several others from across the Shoals, Chief Hood contacted the Alabama Bureau of Investigations.
“I was glad we found out about it and that way we were able to act on it now before it became a larger issue and involved more people than what it did,” stated Hood.
The investigation spread over to other Shoals cities, and now four women have arrest warrants for misdemeanor counts of solicitation of prostitution.
Chief Hood said one man involved in the case faces charges of promoting prostitution.
Investigators said the four women are from Sheffield, Tuscumbia, Huntsville and Tennessee, with their ages ranging from 22 to 39.
According to police, one of the women stated she made nearly $500 a night as an escort.