Two women working as prostitutes out of a Joliet motel were arrested by an undercover Joliet police officer Tuesday night, police said.
Versie L. Ridley, 19, of Chicago, and Tiana M. Reed-Morrow, 31, of Calumet Park, were taken into custody after the officer arranged to meet them at the Super 8 motel, 1730 McDonough St., and one of them agreed to provide him with straight sex in exhange for $100, Cmdr. Rich Demick said.
Police were alerted to the situation by a suspicious ad placed in backpage.com that sounded like it could be a sex trade operation, Demick said.
It's not known how long the pair were working at the motel or why they chose Joliet as their location, other than "Joliet's a pretty good-size town and it's kind of easy to get lost here," whereas they would be more conspicuous in a smaller town, he said.
Ridley and Reed-Morrow were charged with prostitution and possession of less than 2.5 grams of cannabis. They were released on a signature bond and are due in court on Feb. 28.