A longtime performer with the drag troupe the Armorettes was among nine people arrested during a prostitution sting in Fayette County last week.
Anthony Mark Blackmon, 43, was arrested March 25 during a police operation at a hotel near Highway 54 in Fayetteville. Police charged him with prostitution and two counts of ID fraud. He was booked into the Fayette County Jail and released the next day.
Blackmon performs as Autumn Skyy and is among six cast members of the Armorettes, according to its website. The non-profit has raised funds for HIV organizations for more than four decades. Skyy has appeared with the group during annual reunion specials, its infamous Easter Drag Races, Armory remembrances and anniversary celebrations for other performers.
Fayetteville police joined with local, state and federal law enforcement agencies to conduct the two-day operation that included 21 arrests at two hotels in Peachtree City and Fayetteville. Police said they were targeting sex trafficking but did not indicate whether any of the people arrested – a mix of men and women ranging in age from their 20s to 48 – were forced into sex work.
Officers targeted sex workers by responding to online ads for prostitution, according to Capt. Chad Myers of the Fayetteville Police Department.
“We basically answered the ads that these individuals were placing onto social media, on to various websites used for escort services and other massage services throughout Atlanta using metro Atlanta, Fayetteville, Peachtree City as their areas of operation,” Myers said Tuesday during a press conference.
“We basically went out and collected all the ads showing Fayetteville and Peachtree City as their home base and we responded to the ads. Then they responded back. A conversation ensued which brought them here to our location,” he added.
Blackmon declined to discuss the incident and the charges in a brief interview with Project Q Atlanta on Wednesday. The hotel where he was arrested is about 25 minutes from Sharpsburg where Blackmon lives, according to police.
Autumn Skyy was listed among the cast members who performed during the Armorettes’ monthly show at the Heretic on March 13. Blackmon, an officer with the organization, said Wednesday that he is no longer performing with the group. He is not listed in an online invitation for the Armorettes’ show on April 10.