This post was written by Connor Balough
A prostitution bust in Myrtle beach landed multiple arrests.
Myrtle Beach police officers conducted the prostitution bust Wednesday evening.
According to the MBPD website, 11 people were arrested in area off South Kings Highway and along South Yaupon Drive.
All of the people listed below were arrested on prostitution charges and some had other charges filed against them that were drug-related.
This is second bust in Myrtle Beach in recent weeks. Last week officers arrested 10 women in the same area.
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Tiffany Dawn Evans – 30
Michelle Renee Rowan – 24
Amisha Nichole Eller – 28
Jules Roy Hixenbaugh – 56
Gary Lewis Clark – 58
Desiree Dawn McGill – 35
Jose Juan Cruz-Toribo – 32
John Henry Brown – 58
Jose Torres-Platas – 37
Daniel Quardre Bryant – 23
Ashley Janay Pearl – 25
Diana Mikos , a resident of the city, said prostitution is a common problem in her neighborhood,”you walk down the street you see prostitutes every day, its kind of second nature at this point, you don’t even pay attention to it.”
Mikos said that the sight is so prevalent, she’s had to explain what’s happening to questioning children.
“You kind of sweep it under the rug, you know, for kids, but in the back of you’re mind you know you think this is really becoming a problem,” said Mikos.
But in an area often referred to as ‘Drug Alley,’ Mikos thinks there are bigger problems for police than prostitution.
“I think that our tax money could be better put to use, focusing on other area’s like violent criminals that are still at large in the area,” said Mikos.
“While we understand that some think that prostitution is a victim-less crime, it is not, it is connected to other criminal activity like drugs and armed robbery,” said Lt. Joey Crosby with Myrtle Beach Police.
Lt. Crosby said he’s seen potential johns, turned into victims, “in which they went into a motel room under the assumption of prostitution and then someone got robbed.”
Crosby said that busts can often also lead to bigger arrests, “as we do these operations, we gain intelligence on other criminal activity and then utilize that for other enforcement measures as well,” said Crosby.
And it’s part of a larger push to clean up the area, “that’s what we’re striving to do, to make a long term solution to these problems,” said Crosby.
Lt. Crosby said they’ve made a lot of arrests recently because officers have been vigilant and paying attention to what’s going on in the area.