Fifty-four people were arrested this week in a Franklin County Sheriff’s Office Prostitution sting.
East side neighborhood leader Allen Carrel said that his Ganthers Place neighborhood has a story to tell.
“We’ve had success with parks and block watches and improving, beautifying our neighborhood,” Carrel said.
The work in the neighborhood even has attracted new resident, Joel Cosme.
“There’s definitely a community of people who really want to improve it,” Cosme said.
In recent months, though, Cosme said that that he has noticed a troubling trend.
“I just see men and women congregating on the corner there, and you can kind of easily tell what sort of people they are,” Cosme said.
Neighbors said that prostitution is polluting their neighborhood in numbers that they have not seen in years.
Carrel said that he came home earlier this week to find a transaction in progress.
“It was her safety that we were concerned about, but come to find out, she was a prostitute and she was beside my house,” Carrel said. “I went out and actually stopped the truck and they took off, but we chased them.”
Mike Williams said that you can see women loitering on corners and leaning into cars in his neighborhood near Parsons Avenue.
Residents are asking city leaders for help, fearing that their neighborhoods will end up paying the price.
"If we don't do something, everything we fought for over here is gonna go backwards," Carrel said.
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October 25, 2012: 54 People Arrested In Connection With Prostitution Sting