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5 arrested in Shoals prostitution sting

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1 man and 4 women face charges stemming from a multi-agency prostitution sting. 1 man and 4 women face charges stemming from a multi-agency prostitution sting.

Five people are in custody following a recentColbert County sting operation which connects investigations from city policedepartments.

Leighton Police Chief Brandon Hood said hereceived citizen complaints of flyers being posted around town soliciting servicesonline. Leighton Police notified the Alabama Bureau of Investigation, and theylearned about suspicious activity at a Tuscumbia hotel.

The ABI led an undercover operationcontacting people from the website with the help of both Leighton and TuscumbiaPolice Departments.

Four women aged 22-39 were picked up forprostitution. One man was picked up for soliciting prostitution as well as adrug charge. They were all connected to a website called BackPage.com.

"Once we got this information and started ourinvestigation, we realized it was much larger than here in town," said ChiefHood. "On the website, it's listed in several cities from Mobile to Huntsvilleand Muscle Shoals. Alabama isn't the only state – it's nationwide."

Authorities said we could see more chargesand arrests stem from the ongoing investigation.

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