Updated By: Winnie Wright
July 18, 2014
Valdosta, GA - LaQuinta Valdosta Manager, Rick Oelkers, says he was more angry than surprised when he learned a woman, who was staying in his hotel, was soliciting herself on Craigslist.
"It just gives me the willies."
Oeklers says he and his assistant manager will occasionally scan websites like Backpage and Craigslist for anything illegal that may be happening in their hotel. Tuesday, during a typical search, he was taken aback.
"I scanned the thing and it looked like there was a person that was in one of our rooms, but we couldn't be sure because it was a generic area of the room. The next day we posted some pictures posted that were very inidcative that they were in one of our rooms", Oelkers says.
He immediately called the police.
"It's not often that we get tips about prostitution, but because we got this tip, we were able to set up an investigation, and the female that was arrested, actually solicited a law enforcement officer", says Lt. Aaron Kirk, with The Valdosta Police Department.
20-year-old Brielle Watkins is charged with Solicitation of Prostitution and Misdemeanor Possession of Marijuana. 21-year-old Shawntearia Carter is also charged with Misdemeanor Possession.
Both women are being held in the Lowndes County Jail.
The Valdosta Police Departments says, it doesn't deal with prostitution often, and doesn't believe out-of-towners will target the area. Officers say, with the help of local businesses, hopefully, offenders can be caught in the act. At last check, the advertisement was still listed on Craigslist.
News Release: Valdosta Police Department
July 18, 2014
VALDOSTA, Ga. -- Valdosta Police say that two Florida women have been arrested at a Valdosta hotel. One of the women was arrested for Solicitation of Prostitution.
Yesterday the Valdosta Police Department Narcotics Unit received a tip from hotel employees at the LaQuinta Inn and Suites located at 1800 Clubhouse Dr. The tip was in reference to suspicious activity involving two females who had checked into a room.
Narcotics detectives conducted an investigation which led to the arrest of Brielle Watkins, 20, of Orlando, FL for Solicitation of Prostitution and Misdemeanor Possession of Marijuanna.
Shawntearia Carter, 21, of Ocala, FL was also arrested for Misdemeanor Possession of Marijuanna.
VPD asks that anyone who has further information regarding this crime or any other crime to contact them at 229-293-3145 or anonymously at 229-293-3091.