Complaints Spark Prostitution Sting

By: Ilyssa Trussel
By: Ilyssa Trussel

Frenchtown resident Lisa Williams is a mother of two and says the last kind of neighbors she wants roaming her streets are prostitutes.

"It bothers me because the men coming through, people coming through. We have little kids here in the area and that's something they don't need to see."

Lenard Griffin is a father and says he's afraid to let his two daughters play in the yard.

"It's real bad being a dad, having two little girls that love to come outside ‘cause they constantly back and forth, so I can't really let them come out the house and play like they really want to."

The Tallahassee Police Department is getting a flood of complaints about prostitutes. As a result, officers are also taking to the streets in an undercover prostitution roundup.

Many are repeat offenders soliciting sex for drugs. Others say they're selling their bodies to feed their families and make ends meet.

"I was just trying to help out with my mom ‘cause she gotta have outside surgery on Friday and it’s like odds and ends like bread and eggs and noodles to help them out ‘cause she don't get her food stamps till the middle of this month," said Kim Rollison, who was one of five arrested during the operation.

Residents know it’s an ongoing process, but are glad officers are cleaning up their streets.

"I'm glad, I'm real glad. It cuts down on crime and it'll stop the prostitution."

Many of those arrested are repeat offenders who've been around the block a few times, one of them admitting she has full blown AIDS.


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