- Associated Press - Saturday, February 20, 2016

GAINESVILLE, Ga. (AP) - Authorities say more than a dozen people were charged in an undercover investigation regarding prostitution in Georgia.

Hall County Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman Deputy Nicole Bailes tells the Times (https://bit.ly/1L1pesr ) that agents encountered both men and women seeking sexual services in exchange for money and drugs. Bailes says the 13 were arrested Thursday.

The people charged with pandering include 21-year-old Eduardo Espinoza, 20-year-old John Hunter Roberts, 21-year-old Daniel Muir, 54-year-old Jeffery Robert McBurney, 23-year-old Ricardo Rivas, 44-year-old Jesus Romero and 24-year-old Taylor Jordan Welch.

Those charged with prostitution were 25-year-old Bethany Hood, 19-year-old Taylor Odenthal, 18-year-old Mariah-Marie Jassenia Simpson, 22-year-old Brittany Grizzle, 57-year-old Rhonda Haugland and 24-year-old Mariah Denise Wilson.

Espinoza faces additional charges of possession of amphetamine and marijuana. Wilson and Rivas were also charged with illegal possession of hydrocodone.

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