COHOES, N.Y. - The Albany County Sheriff's Office and the Cohoes Police Department have arrested a 27-year-old Cohoes woman for prostitution on Monday.
Officials say they were alerted to the illegal ad coming from Ashley Just, of 19 Church Street in Cohoes, when they noticed she was posing as a woman named "Jennifer" advertising her illegal services on the website "Backpage.com."
Detectives say they also received several calls from her neighbors regarding a constant flow of male traffic coming and going from her apartment.
An undercover investigator, posing as a male named "John," contacting Just about her services. The investigator was told to travel to her residence and park down the street because her neighbors were complaining. The investigator entered her apartment and arrested Just when she agreed to engage in sexual conduct for $180.
The undercover officer, who NEWS10 is not identifying, says there are dozens of ads similar to Just's posted on Backpage.com from women all over the Capital Region. He says it is a website known for sex trafficking.
It turns out that the Backpage website is being watched. Last year, 51 Attorney Generals signed a letter claiming the website was facilitating not only prostitution, but sexual exploitation of children.
Just is charged with Prostitution and Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance, both misdemeanors, after five bags of heroin were found in plain view at her apartment.
Additional charges are pending. She was issued an appearance ticket and is to appear in Cohoes City Court on a later date.
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