For the second time in a week, a Kingsport investigation into online prostitution has prompted charges against North Carolina women.
Police records report two women were cited Wednesday after meeting an undercover officer at an undisclosed location, allegedly agreeing to exchange sex for money. An incident report identifies the suspects as Elaine Joyce Shock, 22, of Asheville, N.C., and Jenna Marie Paynter, 23, of Swannanoa, N.C.
Wednesday's citations were the fifth issued for prostitution in Kingsport within a week. Police records state all were tied into investigations of online prostitution, with each suspect hailing from North Carolina.
Following last week's sting KPD Sgt. Tim Crawford said the women were using Backpage.com, a classified website similar to Craigslist. They allegedly advertised they would be in the Tri-Cities, or willing to travel to the region.