Columbus police arrested two women Saturday night in an online prostitution bust, authorities said.
The arrests came after police received an anonymous tip about a social networking website, said Sgt. Bill Gasaway. Officers checked the site and called the phone number around 8 p.m.
“We made contact with one of the girls and set up a meeting at the hotel,” the sergeant added.
An hour later, Gasaway and another officer were at the Days Inn, 3452 Macon Road — the same hotel where officers arrested three women in an online prostitution bust in February.
“The girls invited us in,” Gasaway said. “She told us automatically it was $150 for an hour.”
The officers walked around the room at first, ensuring no one else was inside. As soon as a sex-for-money deal was reached, the officers arrested the women.
Reports state the women arrested were Alyssa Cochran, 28, of Atlanta, and Dyanna Venable, 26, who has no address listed.
Gasaway said that at one point, he picked up an envelope from a desk and what appeared to be marijuana fell out.
The women were charged with prostitution and possession of marijuana, both misdemeanors. Both remained in the Muscogee County Jail as of Sunday night.
“I’m seeing it more and more,” Gasaway said of online prostitution. “It comes and it dies down. I don’t think it’s really a Columbus issue. They travel around.”