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NOPD cracks down on prostitution in French Quarter
By MARY FOSTER
Friday, October 27, 2006
NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Contractors, tradesmen and migrant workers have been pouring into town to take advantage of the post-Katrina rebuilding boom, and so have prostitutes, police officials said Tuesday as they announced a crackdown on the French Quarter's illicit sex trade.
‘‘We have prostitutes that came in from all over the country, because obviously contractors are here in the city, a lot of the migrant workers are here, they carry cash on them and it became a playground in a sense,'' said police superintendent Warren Riley.
Working with a grant, police talked to residents and business owners in the Central Business District, French Quarter and Faubourg Marigny - the neighborhood adjoining the Quarter - and complaints of increases in prostitution were the first thing they heard, Capt. Kevin Anderson, commander of the district said Tuesday.
'‘Everyone talked about the increase in prostitution, street hustlers, panhandlers,'' Anderson said. ‘‘We keep telling people to visit us, telling conventions to come to town, so we need to have the streets look cleaner and safer.'' Police arrested 53 women on prostitution charges during a recent two-week crackdown, Anderson said. With the availability of more bed space in Orleans Parish Prison, police hope to keep the prostitutes off the street a little longer than they have been able to in the past.
‘‘The problem that we had was because of the limited jail space and because these are municipal offenses, they were not being maintained in jail, so they would get out of jail, come right back into the Quarter,'' Riley said.
Now, those arrested on prostitution charges will be held in jail until they make bail, meaning they should spend at least a day or two incarcerated, Anderson said.
‘‘We want to make it so uncomfortable for the out-of-town prostitutes that they will go home or at least go elsewhere,'' Anderson said.
Prostitutes from Milwaukee, Minneapolis, Detroit and Las Vegas have been found working the New Orleans streets, Anderson said.
‘‘We're going to stay at it,'' he said. ‘‘The city had much bigger problems right after Katrina, but now we're starting to get after things again.''
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