Five arrested in Charleston prostitution sting

Charleston police say five people are charged in Charleston Municipal Court with engaging in prostitution. Pictured, left to right, are Samuel Jason Myers, 42, of South Charleston, Billy Browning, 71, of Scott Depot, Zsa Zsa Ivonna Knight, 28, originally from Massachusetts now living in Charleston, Christen Jones, 33, of Charleston and Barbara Hodge, 35, of Charleston. (Charleston Police Department)

Charleston police said five people were arrested in a prostitution sting.

Barbara Hodge, 35, of Charleston, Christen Jones, 33, of Charleston, Zsa Zsa Ivonna Knight, 28, originally from Massachusetts now living in Charleston, Billy Browning, 71, of Scott Depot and Samuel Jason Myers, 42, of South Charleston are charged in Charleston Municipal Court with engaging in prostitution, according to a news release from the Charleston Police Department.

The police department’s Special Enforcement Unit conducted the sting on Tuesday.

Charleston Police Chief Steve Cooper has pledged to crack down on prostitution since he took office. Multiple stings have been conducted by the department in the past several months.

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