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Prostitution Sting in NWA Uncovers Drugs for Sex

Officials are cracking down on prostitution in Northwest Arkansas, and they are seeing more than money for sex.
BENTON COUNTY, AR -- Officials are cracking down on prostitution in Northwest Arkansas, and they are seeing more than money for sex.

"Hopefully we can mitigate it getting any worse... Stuff like this happens everywhere. It does and I think it might hit Benton County a little bit harder because this is still kind of a small town feel," said Deputy Keshia Guyll with the Benton County Sheriff's Office.

Several divisions from the sheriff's office assisted in the prostitution sting because where they find prostitution, they often find other illegal activity.

"Where you have drugs is where you're going to have money and where you have money, you're going to have drugs and as in this situation, prostitution."

Wednesday night's sting netted all three.

"As a result of Wednesday night, we did have some drugs that were seized along with some money, so it's definitely happening."

Trading drugs for sex. Some in the community are startled by this shady activity happening on their streets.

"Our proactive approach to try to handle this problem before it gets out of hand and it gets so big that we can't do anything about it, therefore we have to be reactive which makes it much more difficult to deal with."

According to Guyll, nine people were arrested during the bust. But the question remains, is prostitution on the rise in our area?

"I wouldn't say that Benton County has a huge issue with prostitution, but once again, we're trying to be proactive instead of reactive."

And Guyll reassures the Benton County Sheriff's Office will keep hitting the pavement, working to curb this crime.

"We don't want citizens to be concerned about this, we're going to do what we can to handle it."

Deputies said they plan on conducting several more stings throughout the year.

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