Neighborhood say they're fed up with prostitutes

By Christy Hutchings - bio | email

SAVANNAH, GA (WTOC) –Neighbors met with police Wednesday night about the prostitution going on the streets by their homes.

Neighbors said prostitutes doing business on Jefferson around 40th Street has been a problem for years. The neighbors, the police and the city are working together to combat the problem.

Residents who live along Jefferson said it's happening so often, and with the same people, that they have nicknames for all the prostitutes. They even know the Johns that frequently pick them up, and they want it to end.

On Wednesday night neighbors met with Savannah Chatham Metro police officers. They told police exactly what's going on in their neighborhood with drug users, drug dealers and the prostitutes who roam the streets. They even know the abandoned houses they frequent.

This area went through a similar situation five years ago. WTOC's Don Logana went undercover in 2005, seeing what police were dealing with, but also hearing from the prostitutes themselves.

Police said that the problem is once they put the heat on one area, the prostitutes just move to another area, which is why folks on Jefferson Street are seeing the problem again.

City Council at Large Rep. Edna Jackson also sat in on the meeting offering advice and telling the residents the city will help in any way they can.

The other problem residents mentioned is with the court system. They said police arrest a prostitute, but then the judge allows them to bond out, putting the prostitutes right back on the corner. Residents are planning to send letters to the judges hoping to persuade them into giving stiffer penalties.

Police bumped up their police presence on Wednesday night and will continue to do so until the problem is solved.

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