Prostitution crackdown around 'four corners' - KLFY News 10

Prostitution crackdown around 'four corners'

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Lafayette police arrested 22 suspects on prostitution related charges during a two day sting operation over the weekend.

The operation happened near the four corners area of Lafayette on the 1400 block of Cameron St., between this past Friday and Saturday. They arrested 16 male and six female suspects for solicitation for prostitution.

But police, city officials and residents told KLFY this afternoon that the problem was made better, but still not solved.

"The individuals that complained to us see this on a day to day basis, so by conducting these operations we identify who the players are and we remove them from the street for some time," says Lafayette Police Spokesman Paul Mouton.

We spoke to some residents in the Cameron St. area who were reluctant to appear on camera, but said many times they'll come outside their house and see prostitutes and johns conducting business inside cars parked in their driveway or on their lawns. They said sometimes they'll even see it up against their house.

They said it's very open and there are very little boundaries.

City-parish Council Member Brandon Shelvin, who represents the four corners area, says prostitution is not all that is going on in driveways around there.

"Prostitution is just a derivative. It's a byproduct of the drug problem we've been having in that area for many, many years," says Shelvin.

He says the solution for this area, which he describes as sort of the red light district of Lafayette, is more police presence.

"We need to find ways and innovative ways to be able to collect revenue, increase revenue, so we can hire more police officers to get into the streets, so that we can begin to curb all of the issues going on," says Shelvin.

But, Shelvin says no amount of patrol units will ever take the place of proactive residents.

"Don't just assume that we know what's going on at the specific times, so if something is going on whatever the nature of crime taking place, we urge residents to inform the police department," says Shelvin.

In addition to the 22 prostitution related arrests, two other individuals were arrested; one for possession of marijuana and the other for trying to disrupt the sting operation.

 

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