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5 women arrested in prostitution bust

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Sheena Dixon. Source: BPD Sheena Dixon. Source: BPD
Lorraine Raftery. Source: BPD Lorraine Raftery. Source: BPD
Marla Stevens. Source: BPD Marla Stevens. Source: BPD
Susan Otts. Source: BPD Susan Otts. Source: BPD
Tiara Akins. Source: BPD Tiara Akins. Source: BPD
BIRMINGHAM, AL (WBRC) -

Birmingham Police say they arrested five women in a prostitution bust Friday.

Lt. Scott Thurmond says the women used a website to solicit customers and that's how undercover officers caught them.

Officers conducted the operation because there have been complaints about prostitutes meeting "johns" at the Courtyard by Marriott on Colonnade Parkway off of Highway 280.

Officers set up fake meetings with the women and that's when they were arrested. Thurmond says investigators aren't just concerned with stopping prostitution but also over the womens' safety.

Lorraine Raftery, 31, Marla Stevens, 43, Sheena Dixon, 32, Susan Otts, 38, and Tiara Akins, 20 have all been charged with soliciting for prostitution.

Thurmond says officers have also set up stings to catch "johns" using the same website.

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