MUGSHOTS: 9 arrested in E. Knoxville prostitution bust

By: Heather Haley & Michael Grider Email
By: Heather Haley & Michael Grider Email

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) -- Nine women are facing prostitution charges after Knoxville Police conducted a prostitution sting Monday in East Knoxville.

"The operation was conducted in response to numerous complaints from area residents and businesses about prostitutes in the area and the criminal activity associated with the offense," Knoxville Police spokesman Darrell DeBusk says.

Police say they targeted the area around Central Street and Magnolia Avenue.

Undercover Knoxville Police officers swept across east Knoxville starting at 7:00 this morning, and by 2:00 they had arrested nine women for alleged prostitution.

"It's a quality of life thing," DeBusk says. "You look at the prostitution business, there's more than just prostitution that's going on. You have drug activity, you have an increase in thefts in the area."

Which is why DeBusk says community involvement is key.

Officers use complaints from the Magnolia Ave. and Cherry Street area to target potential prostitutes.

"These individuals move around," DeBusk says. "You may arrest them today on one end of town, tomorrow, they're back out on the street, but they may be several blocks, or several miles from the original location."

And the weather plays a role in when prostitution picks up.

DeBusk says they see an increase in activity every year around this time.

"We try to move in and get them off the street, as long as we can, and charge them as frequently as we can," DeBusk says. "Hopefully someday they'll actually obtain a longer sentence, and be off the street for a good amount of time."

Here are the names and charges of those arrested:

Suzanne Atnip, 24, Prostitution
Kristy Greene, 39, Prostitution
Annette Key, 35, Prostitution
Christy Caldway, 35, Prostitution / Promoting Prostitution
Sara Russell, 24, Indecent Exposure / Prostitution
Shawnee Headrick, 21, Prostitution
Kimberly Stewart, 36, Prostitution
Yolanda McKenzie, 54, Prostitution / Possession of Drug Paraphernalia
Kristin Blumenstien, 28, Prostitution / Possession of Drug Paraphernalia

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  • by Passing By Location: Everywhere on Mar 15, 2012 at 06:05 PM
    A total victimless crime. Adults know the ropes. Sex for money. Simple. Immoral? Maybe. Ethical? Very much so. It's simple capitalism 101. Legal? Should be. It is in Canada & Mexico. Morality can never be regulated by any government or the church. People do what they have to in order to survive. What they do behind closed doors or in the privacy non publically is their business.
  • by Chrissy Location: Tn on Jan 2, 2011 at 09:28 PM
    one of them girls (Kimberly Stewert) is my cousin..thats not right...
  • by John Location: Knoxville on May 26, 2010 at 11:27 AM
    In a society that encourages sex outside of wedlock, supports the use of drugs for any reason, and urges people to make as much money as possible while doing as little work as possible, we punish these ladies for acting in such a manner- seems like a double standard to me. I am not saying what they where doing was right, it is wrong- it is sin. But has anyone ever told or shown these ladies what is right and what is wrong?
  • by Herbert Location: knoxville on May 26, 2010 at 05:57 AM
    To Jeff your a idiot they would cut your head off for durgs and steal your car.
  • by Herbert Location: knoxville on May 26, 2010 at 05:39 AM
    They are crack addict's or meth.they work close to a crack house. from the bus depot to the park. they got 9 must be a slow day.the drug dealer's work the back street's and motels I see them every day.and they aint slowing down. you dont want to be there at night.
  • by bdazzle Location: Jeffeson City on May 25, 2010 at 03:40 PM
    You must be one of the customers to write a comment like them alone. They need to be off the streets - nasty!!!
  • by betty Location: ky on May 25, 2010 at 02:32 PM
    Ladies have respect for yourself, obviously the men are not. If you don't respect yourself no one else is going to. Why do you want to do this? Young or old, have something for you. Not just for the men that don't care for anyone but what they can get from a woman. A man should treat a woman like a queen, not like dirt. MEN TAKE CARE OF YOUR WOMEN!!!
  • by tudybug100 Location: E.Tn. on May 25, 2010 at 08:45 AM
    wtf!!! these girls look like they got all the diseases possible! dang knoxville!!... help your women look better!!! no wonder nobody moves to that town or dates anyone from there
  • by Linda Location: Knoxville on May 24, 2010 at 10:27 PM
    It's not the beauty. Sick people from all counties come to this area for that service. The cops are doing their job but the laws are not strong enough for the arrest to be effective. I wish the media would take it a step further and post the names, addresses and pictures of those who patronize the prositutes. I'm sure they have families and they are taking std's back to their spouses or significant others, if they have one. No neighborhood deserves to have to deal with that trash.
  • by Fred Location: Maryville on May 24, 2010 at 07:11 PM
    There has not been enough money printed to get me near either of them....YUCK
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