Two women were arrested for prostitution in Conway, along with another woman, who was arrested for having an open container of alcohol in a vehicle Thursday, according to authorities.
Pamela Betty Jean Gravely, 41, of Hendersonville, N.C., and Gina M. Laform, 48, of Murrells Inlet each were issued one citation for prostitution around 4 p.m., according to a report from the Horry County Police Department. LaVitra Neilene McDonald, 42, of Conway also was issued one citation for having alcohol/open container of beer or wine in a motor vehicle.
A detective was investigating prostitution complaints on the Internet websites craigslist.com and backpage.com, and saw the ad “Private Incall In Your Area - just saying -23” with a telephone number, the report said. He called the number on the ad, and a male answered the phone and said several of his girls were working, but most of them were in the beach area.
The male also said he could have a girl meet the detective wherever he wanted, the report said. The detective said he would call back and let him know, hung up the telephone and, after a few minutes, called back.
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They set a meeting place at the Sleep Inn, 3345 Church St., which is located in the Conway section of Horry County, the report said. The male told the detective he would contact “Donna,” and she would meet him at the Sleep Inn. After a few minutes, the detective received a call, and a female said she was on her way and asked for directions. He told her that once he arrived at the motel, he would let her know his room number.
The detective then contacted the female with his room number, and she told him she was on her way, the report said. He kept contact with the female through two phone numbers during her trip to the motel, and several undercover officers, who were located in the motel parking lot, saw a small vehicle with three people inside pull up to the side of the motel, and they called the detective to say a female passenger had exited the vehicle and was walking into the motel.
After a few minutes, female/suspect one knocked on the motel room door, and once she was let inside the room, she told the detective she needed to call and check in and let them know he was not a serial killer, the report said. After making a call, she asked, “You aren’t a cop or anything, are you?” She then pulled a condom from her purse and placed it on the table directly by the bed. They then spoke about the price, and she said it was $150, and she was given $160 that she placed in her purse.
She then asked the detective what he would like to do, and after a few seconds, other detectives entered the room and placed her under arrest, the report said. The suspect was then advised of her Miranda rights, and she said she works for the male and female he had been talking to on the telephone. She also said the female driver/suspect two takes her to and from different places where sexual encounters/meetings are scheduled, and the male and female/suspect two get a percentage of any money she earns.
Female/suspect one called the same phone number the detective had been calling and said she was done, the report said. A female answered the phone and said they were downstairs in the parking lot. The vehicle was located in the lot, and one open bottle of vodka was observed in plain view inside the vehicle. The driver admitted she had talked to the detective on two occasions earlier in the day and also said he also had talked to a male. The driver had in her possession the phone the detective had been calling and said the number was a Google Internet phone number, but it did go to her phone.
Suspect one was issued one citation for prostitution, suspect two also was issued one citation for prostitution, and suspect three was issued one citation for open container, the report said. All three suspects were transported to J. Reuben Long Detention Center.