FAYETTEVILLE — Two Lumberton women were arrested during a recent one-day, multi-agency law enforcement operation targeting prostitution and human trafficking in Fayetteville, a Cumberland County Sheriff’s Office spokesman said.
Sandy Renee Jones, who also goes by the last name of Pittman, 42, and Patricia Lee Fancher, 46, were among 10 people arrested Friday during the operation along East Mountain Drive and Eastern Boulevard, said Sgt. Sean Swain, public information officer.
“They were doing a prostitution operation for Johns and the two women were caught up in it,” Swain said.
Jones and Fancher were charged with misdemeanor prostitution, Swain said.
Another goal of the operation was to identify women involved in prostitution and offer them a way out of that life, Swain said. Arrested women are offered counseling through 5 Sparrows at the Manna Church’s Dream Center in Fayetteville. If the women accept the offer, they can get a deferred prosecution and the charges against them will be expunged in a year. Only three women have accepted the offer of a way out in the past year.
“A lot of the time we offer them the way out and they say they’ll keep the life they have,” Swain said. “And we say, ‘OK.’”
Neither Jones nor Fancher accepted the counseling offer, the sergeant said. Jones posted a $500 bond and is out of jail. Fancher still was in jail on Wednesday.
Friday’s operation was conducted by the Cumberland County Sheriff’s Office Human Trafficking Unit, the Fayetteville Police Department’s Human Trafficking Unit, the Hope Mills Police Department, and the Army’s Criminal Investigation Command.
T.C. Hunter can be reached at 910-816-1974.