UPDATE: Wednesday, February 13, 2013
A prostitution sting Tuesday that resulted in the arrests of six women was, in part, a follow-up to neighborhood complaints about prostitution in the 1700 and 1800 blocks of South Broadway.
Police say they want to be proactive and prevent any increase in prostitution.
"One form of illegal activity can lead to something else," said Wichita Police Lt. Dennis Wilson.
Prostitution could increase in the next few months, he said.
"Temperatures will get warmer and, of course, people will be outside so there may be an increase in this type of activity," Wilson said. "We're going to start to address it now."
Business owners say prostitution is not as much of a problem along South Broadway as it once was.
"It comes and goes," said Alan Keimig, owner of Tom Sawyer Bike Shop. "I don't see it as much as we used to. Thirty years ago it was a lot worse. They've cleaned it up a lot. It's a lot better now."
Still, Keimig, other business owners and nearby residents try to keep an eye out for any kind of crime.
"We do have a nice neighborhood alliance group and they keep an eye on that and report any suspicious activity," Keimig said.
Wilson, the police lieutenant, said it takes a watchful eye by citizens to effectively combat crimes like prostitution.
"If we start to get complaints one after the other, it kind of raises our awareness, so we'll take a look into it," he said.
Officers will also try to find help for those unwillingly caught up in prostitution, Wilson said.
"If there are resources available, we'll try to steer them in that direction as well in order to try to help them out," he said.
Wilson pointed out prostitution is not limited to south Wichita. He said police across the city will likely conduct other stings to crack down on prostitutes and those who patronize them.
Wednesday, February 13, 2013
Six women were arrested in a prostitution sting in South Wichita.
The women, between the ages of 23 and 42, were arrested on South Broadway Tuesday.
Community Police conducted the sting after an area resident complained about prostitution in the area.