Three busted for prostitution; more arrests could follow
By Caton Bredar
(SHEPHERDSVILLE, Ky.) -- Three women are facing charges after a prostitution bust in Bullitt County. The arrests were part of an on-going undercover sting operation, and police believe there may be more arrests to come. WAVE 3's Caton Bredar investigates.
Lt. Scottie McGaHa of the Bullitt County Sheriff's Office, says the sting operation came as an indirect result of increased police presence across town.
"We had received tips that several girls were prostituting in Bullitt County, and some of it was because Louisville vice had tightened up in Jefferson County," McGaHa said.
The tips prompted Bullitt County to team up with LMPD along with Shepherdsville Police, in an all-day sting operation out of a Shepherdsville hotel. While they didn't want to reveal too many details, police said they relied on newspaper and magazine ads, and that the hotel operators had been extremely cooperative in helping them with the operation.
That afternoon at that hotel, police arrested 20-year-old Stephany Ann Burdine, of Covington, Kentucky. She was charged with prostitution after police say she agreed to have sex with an undercover detective for $300.
"She said she took a cab from Louisville, she had been staying at a Motel Six there," said the McGaha, who added that Burdine actually "congratulated us as said she'd been doing it awhile and this was the first time she'd been busted."
Earlier the same day, at the OK Stress Management Spa on Lakeview Drive in Shepherdsville, police arrested 51-year-old Hang Sun Durr for soliciting an undercover officer. She was also charged with prostitution.
"When he went in, everybody left," McGaHa said. "There were a couple of customers that immediately left the parking lot."
Not long after wrapping up the first two arrests, police made a third arrest, again at the OK Spa. Sung S. KimYun of Fair Oaks, California was the third woman charged with prostitution.
The spa has since closed, and police are unsure whether the owners will face any charges. In the meantime, local high schoolers say at least three school buses pass by the spa regularly, and kids are well aware of what goes on inside.
But not for long, if police have anything to say about it. "The chief has made it clear we are not going to tolerate it," McGaha said, "and that's why we put a crackdown on it.
McGaha said similar sting operations are planned in the coming months.
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