ALBANY — The Albany-Dougherty Drug Unit conducted a sting operation on Monday, and five people were arrested and charged with prostitution.

According to officials, agents targeted several areas throughout the city where numerous complaints related to prostitution have been reported.

“Highland Avenue and Davis Street as well as Leonard Avenue and Cone Street are the two main areas where prostitution is known to take place,” ADDU Commander Maj. Prurince Dice said.

Reports indicate that the five suspects arrested were detained in these areas, and that some of the suspects were repeat offenders.

Agents arrested Sheila Denise Bass, Johntavious Bernard Ford, Kenyortta Vontressa Frazier, Joshua Jamel Hollis and Angeline Joy Justice. All have been charged with prostitution.

“Prostitution is a major concern for our community as a whole and (especially to) our residents living near these areas,” said Dice. “Prostitution is illegal, and it attracts other crimes of opportunity to certain areas throughout our community. As far as we know, these individuals were all working independently.”

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