Police in Ohio barricade road against prostitution

CINCINNATI (AP) — Police in Cincinnati are hoping that temporary barricades on a city street will help curb prostitution and related offenses.

Police say the barricades going up Wednesday are intended to interrupt high-frequency prostitution and related offenses in the McMicken Street corridor. They say traditional law enforcement methods and community pressure haven't reduced prostitution in that area.

The temporary barricades at designated locations are intended to interrupt the cruising cycle of people who come to the area to engage prostitutes.

Police Capt. Michael John says in a statement that a January prostitution-related homicide underscored the need for immediate action.

The barricades are part of an anti-human-trafficking project. Social service agencies, community groups and business associations are collaborating with city authorities and others in the project.

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