Residents Up in Arms About Prostitution Problem in South City

ST. LOUIS, MO. (KMOX) — The prostitution problem in south St. Louis has reached new heights according to residents, prompting police to crack down.

In the Carondolet neighborhood, Dean Salsbury says he might move from the 5700 block of Pennsylvania, because he doesn’t want his two young boys to grow up where prostitutes have sex in cars right in front of his house.

“The police know who they are, and they know what’s going on. But its like, well as long as they aren’t killing each other,” said Salsbury.

Dan Jones is a cook at a bar on south Broadway in Carondolet. He says he sees prostitutes walking up and down Broadway every day.

“There’s a white paneled van that comes around… two white girls will get out and start walking the street, ” describes Jones. “One gale looks 14,15, maybe 16 years old it might be the woman’s daughter.”

Police say they are planning undercover operations and considering publishing the names of customers caught with prostitutes. But they’re awaiting a new law in the works, after the old one that allowed officers to arrest prostitutes just for soliciting was found unconstitutional.

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