Five women arrested in prostitution sting on 6th Avenue

Updated 34 weeks ago by Brian Chambers, Director of Communications City of Huntington

HUNTINGTON – Five women were arrested Monday night, March 31, as part of a prostitution sting in Huntington.

The Huntington Police Department’s Special Emphasis Unit, along with an undercover trooper from the Huntington detachment of the West Virginia State Police, conducted the sting on 6th Avenue between 1st and 6th streets. It was a follow-up investigation from a sting that took place in the same area on March 6.

In each sting, the women flagged down the undercover officer and offered a variety of sexual acts in exchange for money. During Monday’s operation, five women were arrested, four of whom were charged with third-offense felony prostitution. Those arrested include:

* Jennifer Johnson, 23, of Huntington, third-offense prostitution.

* Tracy Blake, aka Tracy Langdon, aka Tracy Ross, 38, of Huntington, third-offense prostitution.

* Belinda Fuller, 40, of Huntington, third-offense prostitution.

* Barbara Fulton, 58, of Ranger, W.Va., third-offense prostitution.

* Tabitha Hodges, 19, of Lexington, N.C., first-offense prostitution.

Monday’s arrests bring the total during the two prostitution stings to 10. Seven have been charged with third-offense felony prostitution, an indicator of the effort that the Huntington Police Department has made to curb the crime in the area of 6th Avenue, Huntington Police Capt. Rocky Johnson said.

 

“As long as we continue to receive the calls from citizens and see the need for enforcement activity, we are going to perform these stings,” Johnson said. “People who visit this area for criminal activity need to understand that the people who live and work along 6th Avenue are watching and are calling the tip line with the information needed to make these operations successful.”

 

Anyone with information is encouraged to call the Huntington Police Department’s anonymous tip line at 304-696-4444.

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