Published On: Sat, Sep 26th, 2015

Seven charged in multi-agency prostitution sting in Savannah motels

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Seven people were arrested Friday following a sting operation by Savannah law enforcement agencies that concentrated on ads placed in the popular hookup site backpage.com.

Savannah-Chatham Metropolitan Police Department’s Undercover Narcotics Investigation Team (UNIT), along with the West Chatham and Southside precincts joined forces in the special operation targeting prostitution.

The operation focused on hotels in both precincts identified in backpage.com ads. The goal was to reduce occurrences of criminal activity that often accompanies prostitution. Six females and one male were arrested on four misdemeanor arrests and three felony arrests.

Kyle McCarthy, 22, is charged with pimping and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. Cierra Davis, 19, is charged with prostitution and probation violation. Deshara Franklin, 18, is charged with prostitution, possession of controlled substance, possession of tools for commission of a crime and possession/ delivery of controlled substance with intent to distribute. Brittany Shuman, 27, is charged with prostitution. Lessie Wommack, 19, is charged with prostitution and possession of a controlled substance. Sade Wise, 28, is charged with prostitution, possession of marijuana less than one ounce, possession of drug related object for use and possession of a controlled substance. Tonya Stanley, 24, is charged with prostitution and escorting without a license.

The special operation was designed to deter human trafficking in the area, particularly child trafficking.  It also was aimed at reducing armed robberies, rapes, aggravated assaults and other violent crimes that often are the result of pimping, prostitution and sex for hire operations.

It focused on hotels in the Southside and West Chatham precincts identified in backpage.com ads. The goal was to reduce occurrences of criminal activity that often accompanies prostitution.  

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