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GASTONIA, N.C. Police arrested seven women in connection with a prostitution sting operation in Gastonia on Thursday night.

The Gastonia Police Department says the sting is part of a plan to try to reduce violent crime by targeting root causes of crime, such as prostitution.

The women arrested range in age from 25 years oldto 47 years old.

They are: Debra Medlock Reel, Melissa Mauney Spurrier, Jannifer Dawn Adams, Kimberly June Poteat, Kelly Kristine Philbeck, Tammy McMillen Beavers and Donna Christine Herring.

In addition to prostitution charges, Herring was also charged with possession of drug/narcotic equipment.

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