HAMILTON, OH (FOX19) -- Eleven people have been arrested after a prostitution bust in Hamilton.
The sheriff orchestrated an operation that targeting areas where not only females were attempting to solicit males for sex, but also targeted males attempting to pick up females, Jones says a majority of the activity is driven by drug use.
Undercover officers talked to females on the streets and within minutes the females would make offers for sexual activity. Eight females were taken to the Butler County Jail, community member say prostitution on the city's East side has gotten worse.
"A lot of the prostitutes are actually younger, I'm seeing not just females prostitutes but also male prostitutes now too," said Cathy Hester, Executive Director of Living Water Ministries, a non-profit outreach group in Hamilton.
Undercover female investigators were also placed in the street, resulting in the arrests of three men wanting sexual activity.
All are charged with soliciting, a misdemeanor. Those arrested include: Tiffany Castle, 23, of Hamilton; Peggy Whitaker, 43, of Hamilton; Amy Webster, 22, of Hamilton; Ashley Wheeler, 21, of Fairfield; Connie Proffit, 48, of Hamilton; Victoria Dickens, 20, of Hamilton; Christina Riley, 35, of Hamilton; Clifton Turner, 68, of Hamilton; Zachary Parsons, 23, of Hamilton and Adam Simon, 32, of Hamilton.