15 more arrested in S. Baltimore prostitution sting

September 04, 1994|By Ed Heard | Ed Heard,Sun Staff Writer

Police arrested 15 people in South Baltimore late Friday and early yesterday, continuing a neighborhood sweep of prostitution which 15 were arrested last weekend.

Police said the arrests of 11 women and four men underscored efforts to respond to community complaints of prostitution from residents in the Brooklyn, Curtis Bay and Pratt and Monroe Street areas.

"It was to the point where residents said they were going to the store and being approached by men and woman for sex," said Col. Ronald Daniel, chief of the city's criminal investigation division.

"We had to do something about it," he said.

Colonel Daniel said his squad's members and officers from the Southern District went undercover, posing as customers and prostitutes on the streets from 8 p.m. Friday until 1 a.m. yesterday.

The sting netted 15 for soliciting prostitution and lewdness, he said.

The men were released on their own recognizance yesterday afternoon.

The 11 women were being held in the women's detention center yesterday awaiting bail determinations.

"We didn't have to stop at 15," Colonel Daniel said. "We would have arrested 100 people if we had manpower and a place to put them."

Police said they plan to continue the sting operations to discourage prostitution.

Colonel Daniel said police will offer the prostitutes, most of them addicts, counseling, drug treatment and medical treatment to prevent the spread of acquired immune deficiency syndrome.

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