Woman charged in sex trafficking sting

Published: Sep. 23, 2019 at 10:25 AM EDT
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A woman has been arrested in a sex trafficking sting.

It happened last week at a home on Middle Street in Paintsville.

Paintsville Police say Deborah Hamilton sent messages to a confidential informant that stated she wanted to sell women to him for $75 an hour.

When the confidential informant showed up at the home, police say Hamilton went inside and sent a woman outside.

Police then stopped the woman, who told them Hamilton "sells her and gives her some of the money for it."

Officers executed a search warrant on the home and seized money and electronics.

Hamilton was arrested on charges of human trafficking, promoting human trafficking and possession of drug paraphernalia.

She remains in the Big Sandy Regional Detention Center.

According to Paintsville Police Chief Mike Rowe, the people who live in the home where the sting operation occurred will not be charged and that an investigation is still ongoing.

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