Alderman Boyd stresses that the return of brothels to St. Louis wasn’t his idea but when a constituent mentioned the idea a couple weeks ago, he felt the need to hear further feedback.
The federal prosecutor in St. Louis said Tuesday in a release that 26-year-old Carl Mathews was sentenced to 10 years in prison for forcing two women into prostitution.
Authorities say a mentally disabled woman was forced to use the bathroom in a closet, was supplied with little food, was beaten and set on fire.
“There are certainly women who appear to be not Fuller Brush salespersons walking up and down South Broadway all the time,” he said.
Rick Seiter contends they’re victims, “prostitution and addiction and a life on the streets was not a choice for any of these women.”
“They’re arrested, there’s some sort of slap on the wrist because the judicial system is completely overloaded. And then they’re back out on the streets.”
The person may have left town, Health Director Pam Walker says, but she says it’s another reason to stay away from prostitutes in the city.
Photos of the missing 16-year-old showed up on the website backpages.com in a listing for prostitution.
“The police know who they are, and they know what’s going on,” says one resident.
A Kansas City, Kan., man has admitted in federal court that he took a 16-year-old girl across state lines to work as a prostitute.