Prostitutes Face Judge in Tonawanda

December 1, 2011 Updated Dec 2, 2011 at 9:35 AM EDT

By Ed Reilly

December 1, 2011 Updated Dec 2, 2011 at 9:35 AM EDT

(Tonawanda, NY) Ten women arrested as part of a crack down on prostitution are scheduled for further proceedings before a judge in the Town of Tonawanda.

The women are charged with Class 'B' misdemeanors after they were caught during a sting operation conducted by Tonawanda Police.

In early November, responding to complaints that several women were advertising their services as escorts on local websites, detectives set up a two-day sting operation in a local motel.

When the women showed up, they offered sex for cash, and they were then placed under arrest.

Police say many of the women lived outside the area - some as far away as the west coast.

Investigators think the women may have been traveling the country using the internet to sell sex.

The prostitutes were charging customers up to $200.

The women's ads were placed on websites like Craigslist.

While some of the web postings specifically said they were not prostitutes, sexy pictures attached to the ads implied otherwise.

Police say many of the women had drug and financial problems.

Some of the prostitutes had multiple children by different partners in various States across the U.S.