Getting to the root of the prostitution problem

DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) – Dayton police continue to crack down on prostitution.

A total of 28 people were arrested as part of National Johns Week which ended Sunday.

Of those taken into custody, 15 people were charged with solicitation, eight with prostitution, one with human trafficking and four for promoting prostitution which is a felony.

“Our numbers are down from last year which is typically a good thing that maybe we’re not seeing as big of a problem but yet, it still is a very large problem,” says Lt. Joseph Wiesman.

Police say prostitution transcends income level and race.

They say all but one of the men arrested for solicitation weren’t from the area.

“There are a lot of people who come into town that are married.  You know, that have good jobs, careers.  You know, maybe close to retirement,” explains Lt. Wiesman.

Police say this crime fuels other crimes.

“As soon as they make their money, it’s feeding the drug trade because now we’ve got our drug dealers that are making money off of them doing this.  It’s just a vicious circle,” comments Lt. Wiesman.

That’s why police are trying to help these prostitutes get out of this lifestyle.

Oasis House is a local non-profit, helping women in the sex trade get back on their feet.

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