A Chattanooga man remained in the Gordon County, Ga. Two other Chattanooga residents, Amber Nicole Gaston, 27, of Westside Drive, and Corrie Deantre Gillispie, 35, of Mountain View Drive, bonded out earlier this week on charges of prostitution and pimping, respectively.
Shannon Marie Richey, 34, of Crossville, Ala. Richey bonded out, officials said, but Ms. Howard's status was unclear at press time. Officials said her name wasn't on the jail's roster. Calhoun police say undercover agents responded to for escort services on Craigslist.
In a release, authorities said the operation was done "due to the major problem of prostitution being advertised" on the Web site. The online classified site's Chattanooga shows dozens of listings posted in the last week under "adult services," "adult gigs" and "casual encounters" in the Chattanooga, Cleveland, Tenn. The s advertise and request services of strippers, escorts, erotic massages, exotic French maid service and less subtle, more explicit requests.
As a disclaimer on the adult services section, Craigslist tells users that by proceeding to the site they agree to report "suspected exploitation of minors to the appropriate authorities. Staff members at Craigslist did not respond to an e-mail this week requesting comment.
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