PERRY -- Eight people were arrested Wednesday night in a multi-agency prostitution sting in Perry.
The sting was conducted by federal, state and local authorities and targeted sexual trafficking of juveniles, police said.
No juveniles were found to be involved in the alleged prostitution, but four women were charged with prostitution and four men were charged with pimping, said Perry police Capt. Heath Dykes.
Amanda Hulsey, 20, of Lizella; Kelly Michelle Roberts, 43, of Warner Robins; Kristy Nicole Ussery, 22, of Macon; and Judith Hammock, 30, of Lizella, each were charged with prostitution.
Scott Michael Mander, 39, of Macon; Rodney Leon Cooper Jr., 26, of Macon; William Rowell, 54, of Warner Robins; and William Timothy Redford, 30, of Macon, all were charged with pimping.
A ninth person, Daniel James Washburn, 29, of Macon, was charged with a probation violation, but he was not charged with prostitution or pimping.
Those accused of the sex crimes traveled from other areas and allegedly operated out of the Econo Lodge at 102 Valley Drive in Perry, Dykes said.
The sting was conducted by Perry police along with agents from the Atlanta and Macon FBI offices and officers from the Gwinnett Police Department, Georgia Department of Corrections and Sandy Springs Police Department.
The joint operation of the Metro Atlanta Child Exploitation Task Force targets human trafficking and prostitution of juveniles by setting up in cities and counties across the state and working with local agencies, Dykes said.
The focus of Wednesday nights operation was to locate and identify juvenile prostitutes advertised on Internet sites and the pimps that exploit them, Dykes said. The pimps and prostitutes accept clients over the Internet and then travel to designated hotels to meet them, Dykes said.
Were trying to get these girls some help, Dykes said.
Had juveniles been identified in the sting, federal authorities would have taken over the case for prosecution, Dykes said.
But because all those arrested were adults, their cases will be prosecuted in Houston County, he said.
Anyone with related information is asked to call Perry police detective Jason Jones at 478-988-2821.
To contact writer Becky Purser, call 256-9559.