Thursday, August 31, 2000

Cops give prostitution suspects wake-up call

By Jane Prendergast
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        Cincinnati police officers staged a surprise prostitute roundup in Over-the-Rhine Wednesday morning.

        In just over two hours, the police division's vice control section arrested six women and one man who was dressed as a woman.

        “It's a surprise because a lot of the prostitutes tend to think they pretty well have our hours down,” said Lt. Kurt Byrd, section commander. “They don't expect us in the morning.”

        The officers focused on what they call the Walnut Street-Vine Street corridor, an Over-the-Rhine area known for being popular for prostitution.

        They chose what Lt. Byrd called “morning drive time” because he said hookers usually are busiest when more drivers are out and about.

        Officers pretended to be customers and approached the accused prostitutes, he said. They made the arrests between 7:45 and 10:30 a.m. District 1 officers then continued the detail.

        “We try to shake up our hours every once in awhile,” Lt. Byrd said, “so they don't always know what we're doing.”


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