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Could Charlotte Scheme Reduce Prostitution in Durham?

Posted July 13, 2007

— Streetwalkers, ladies of the night, prostitutes – call them what you want, but Durham's mayor wants them out.

Mayor Bill Bell said he is interested in a program police in Charlotte use. There, known prostitutes are arrested for trespassing after being banned from certain sections of the city.

When Charlotte police began targeting prostitutes and charging them with trespassing, the city saw a reduction in solicitation and other crimes.

“My question is: ‘Why can’t we do it here in Durham?’” Bell said.

Police can explain why implementing that program would not be as simple as it sounds.

Prostitution problems experienced in the Queen City sound similar to those in the Bull City, Bell said.

“One of the complaints we constantly hear from residents is prostitution on streets,” he added.

In June, Bell suggested city officials look into Charlotte's "exclusion" program, which concentrates on a commercial part of the city's west end.

Most of the illegal activity locally is on street corners in North East Central Durham, one of the city's toughest neighborhoods.

That is why police aren't sure the program can work in Durham – not because it's a tough area but because it is a residential neighborhood.

“Here in the city of Durham, they carry on the activities where they live,” said Durham Police Chief Steve Chalmers. “You can't exclude someone from where they live. You can from downtown or Guess Road.”

In the past year, police have conducted 25 prostitution stings and arrested dozens of people. But officers say the same offenders just come back for more. The job for the mayor and police is to figure out how to clean up the street corners permanently.

In recent years, Durham police tried a "redirection" program in which they offered prostitutes drug and mental health counseling instead of jail time. Most of the women opted for jail, police said. As for Charlotte, the city council must vote next year to extend the program.


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  • hotsauce Jul 14, 2007

    What I have seen of the streetwalkers in Durham is just downright GROSS!!! The are ugly, dirty and look like they are on drugs. Anyone in their right mind would run for their lives. I think the DPD should focus on violent crimes and worry about those nasty prostitutes at a later date. I smell an election.

  • Scarecrow Cow Jul 14, 2007

    I'm with you, Rabid Wolf. You'd think those uglies would make more money by offering to NOT walk the streets. And posting pics of convicted prostitutes sounds like an effective idea - they're starting to do that with deadbeats who don't pay child support. It could shame people out of it while simultaneously making police and the public aware of their faces next time they seem them on the street. (By the way I never understood why the Duke students hired that ugly stripper either! What were they thinking?! Surely they could have afforded someone better.)

  • Rabid_Wolf_2 Jul 14, 2007

    And worse, Duke boys paying to have Gagme Magnum dance for them. Eww, yuk, gross. I will contribute some money to them to step it up if they need it.

  • Rabid_Wolf_2 Jul 14, 2007

    I have seen some of the nasties things on two legs walking the streets, why some one would want to pay to be with them is beyond me. Post the pics of men/women busted for soliciting a prostitute.

  • nowayeddy Jul 14, 2007

    nancy, I can only imagine how ugly jackie would be, if you say jackie is worse off that crystal, since crystal is what we call coyote ugly. The definition of "coyote ugly": when you wake up in the morning and find her asleep on your arm, you would rather naw off your arm than wake her up.

  • Nancy Jul 14, 2007

    If you think Ms. Mangum is tough looking, you should see her cousin "Jakki" who is really a man in drag. Whew. Now that is hard to take close up.

  • nowayeddy Jul 14, 2007

    nancy, have you sen pictures of crystal mangum, she is just lucky to get any work at all, as nasty as that thing looks. she looks like she had been hit by a truck 10 times

  • Jokers Wild Jul 14, 2007

    I can half-way agree with some of the arguments on here, however street walkers aka hookers bring all kinds of problems with them such as drug usage, pimps,drug dealers, and violent crimes such as robbery and murder. These hookers arent simply "doing what they have got to do". If it only effected 2 people, the hooker and the john, I could see this being legal, but this effects the whole community in one way or another. Nevada does not even allow street walking, although they do allow "cat-houses" in certain parts of nevada. And whoever said they do not mess with escort services, you are right. Escort services usually go unnoticed and untouched by Law Enforcement because they are out of sight, out of mind. The only thing you will see from Escort services is a ad in the phone book, or a ad on craigslist.org. You wont find them walking the streets causing all kinds of potential problems, and drawing unwanted attention to themselves.

  • Winthro Jul 14, 2007

    Yeah, it's the whole "take the Ho off the street but you can't take the street off the Ho" thingy.

  • readme Jul 14, 2007

    They should just legalize the whole thing and regulate it. I've got nothing against a business transaction such as this. I think it's a win-win for a women who needs cash and a guy who can't get it anywhere else.