Police Crack Down On Motels Used For Prostitution
Boards on the window and tags on the door make it clear some Columbus motels on the north side are no place for the public.
But they might have been a harbor for criminals.
Court files obtained by 10TV show police are investigating several motels as staging grounds for prostitution. Most of them are in this area near state Route 161.
Several convicted prostitutes have laid out the story in search warrants. They say the motels played home to organized prostitution.
Among the allegations is internet based escort services. Some of those allegedly involved a woman with the street name, “Special." A detective says Special is a long-time pimp who organized sexual services.
It's not just prostitutes and pimps. Police believe some of the motels are actively involved.
One search warrant says: ”Some of the hotel owners and management have knowledge, and assist in these problems at these hotels."
One owner has three motels and had allegedly a "working relationship" with a pimp named Susan, according to one search warrant.
A woman who lives in the area said she is happy to see the police cracking down.
“With the prostitution and the drugs, it was very hard for families and their kids to interact with anyone, because you had to keep the kids on a lock down,” said Sheila Billings.
Police would not give a timeline on when the case might be resolved.