Prostitutes, johns and a pimp were arrested in a two-day operation by Metro Police and five other area, state and federal law enforcement agencies last week.
Seven women were arrested for prostitution and 13 men for pandering in the operation by Metro’s Savannah Area Regional Intelligence Center (SARIC) detectives, Crime Suppression Units from West Chatham and Southside precincts, police officers from Pooler and Garden City and Port Wentworth, and Georgia Bureau of Investigation and Homeland Security Investigations.
Savannah-Chatham Metropolitan Police partnered with the other law enforcement agencies in the area to address prostitution issues. "The hotels and motels used by customers of the website BackPage.com stretch along Interstate 95 from Highway 204 exit in Savannah through Pooler, Garden City and Port Wentworth," says a police spokesman.
"Each community is affected by the prostitution itself, and also by the thefts, robberies and drug operations known to accompany it. Plans are to continue such efforts against the prostitution operations."
The operations were conducted Tuesday, Oct. 29 and Friday, Nov. 1, in hotels and motels frequented by users of the website. The national website offers advertising for services in varied cities.
Tuesday’s operation focused on the Mid-town area of Savannah and Friday’s was directed towards hotels near the interstate exits. Undercover operatives arranged “dates” with women advertising on the website and other officers advertised as prostitutes themselves to arrange dates at other hotels.
Arrested for prostitution were November McCallum, 23, of Pennsylvania; Onyx M. Eley, 22, of Virginia; Brittany P. Brown, 23, Hickory, NC.; Lindsey M. Blackburn, 23, Richmond Hill; Shadona L. Scott, 25, Tampa, FL.; Altricesa V. Rosser, 25, Atlanta; and Brenda L. Carr, 23, Orlando, FL. Scott also was charged with possession of marijuana and possession of a controlled substance. It was her second arrest by Metro Police. Rosser also was charged with battery and possession of marijuana. And Carr also was charged with possession of marijuana and bribery.
Charged with pimping was Johnathan L. Turner, who was arrested for the second time.
Charged with pandering were Corie D. Jackson, 30, Savannah; Alonzo N. Lyford, 38, Savannah; Yousef O. Issa, 25, Garden City; Brian T. Edwards, 43, Richmond Hill; Craig X. Jackson, Jr., 30, Savannah; Nicholas R. Salentine, 27, Hinesville; Alan Ramjattan, 41, Early Branch, SC; Jonathan M. Pfuhi, 38, Rincon; Viren Patel, 36, Savannah; Noe Cruz Lopez, 24, Brunswick; Joseph K. Erlach, 20, Ft.Stewart; Christopher J. Dankowski, 29, Midway; and Richard M. Bourgeois, 31, Port Wentworth.