15 Arrested In Northeast Side Prostitution Sting

UPDATED: Thursday April 28, 2011 4:50 PM

Police said that 15 people were arrested on Wednesday in a northeast side neighborhood prostitution bust.

Officers posed as prostitutes to target would-be customers in an effort to take on a problem they say is plaguing a northeast side neighborhood, 10TV's Danielle Elias reported.

The sting operation lasted for 24 hours, Elias reported.

Police watched as customers solicited an undercover officer, pretending to be a prostitute near the intersection of Cleveland and Eddystone avenues. 

"It never stops surprising me that here, on a busy street like this, in a neighborhood full of people, and guys still come up and do it, and what's worse is it happens often enough that everybody else doesn't blink," said the operation's commander, who could not be identified because he was working undercover. "Guys come up and they ultimately would get the elements necessary to charge them with soliciting a prostitute."

Neighbors Rick and Marilyn Higginbotham have lived on the northeast side for decades and on Wednesday police targeted a street corner just one block away from their home. 

Still, they said they were glad to see the police taking action.

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"Well we're pretty much a solid neighborhood and everybody just basically watches out for everybody," said Marylin Higginbotham.

Police said that the public can help them, by making a call to alert them of a potential problem.

"If you had less demand, then there would be less supply of prostitutes," the commander said.

Police said a second sting was held in another neighborhood on Wednesday, but the total number of people arrested was not immediately available.

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