In an undercover Internet operation, Fayetteville police said the six women were caught soliciting sex in exchange for money.
Leslie Carrillo of Springdale, and Shallon Brown, Candie Drain, Ashley Caudill, Doris Durban and Tara Knauls of Fayetteville were arrested between 9 p.m. Thursday and 3 a.m. Friday, according to court documents.
Documents show all the women face charges of prostitution and all but Knauls also face charges of possession of instrument of a crime, meaning the women used their cell phones to engage in illegal activity.
Police said the undercover officers found the women on a personal-ads website and set up meetings at a Fayetteville motel to see if the women would agree to have sex for money.
Captain William Brown with the Fayetteville Police Department said the undercover prostitution operations took place because of a vow the department took to stop human trafficking. He said the entire operation the six women were involved in started yesterday afternoon and finished about twelve hours later. Brown said the department has made several undercover operations and plans to have more.
Police would not name the motel where the sting took place, because investigators said they often use the motel for prostitution stings and don’t want to give away its identity.
All six women will appear in court on July 21.