Crack Down On Prostitutes In East Charlotte
It's a busy part of town, The Plaza and 36th Street, constantly in motion. But in recent months in the overnight hours, there have been much more than pedestrians walking the streets. Prostitutes have tried to command their own red light district but the police have been here in force too. Sgt Mike Harris of CMPD says "we know what's going on and we're putting everything we can into it."
As the mug shots show officers of the Eastway division have already made numberous arrests. Most of these prostitutes are known to police and many are bold. Sgt. Mike Harris, of CMPD says of the prostitutes, "they usually stay on the main drag they stay visible even with marked police cars in the area they stay visible."
Tackling the issue of prostitution at this corner is a cyclical problem, it comes goes away and it comes back this latest operation has lasted for about 45 days and residents nearby applaud the effort. Scott Heffers and his family have lived and worked in east Charlotte for years and says "I'm very glad they're doing that, very glad." Amy Anderson says "the neighborhood has been through some changes, it's starting to clean up now there's a lot more police presence and we appreciate what they're doing."
It the shadows of the problem area are businesses, churches even a daycare. Police say what happens overnight can taint an entire part of town, and they are not about to let that happen.