A YouTube page devoted to outing alleged prostitutes on Cleveland’s Lorain Avenue has gained the attention of city leaders.
The page, “Hooker on Lorain,” features home videos of suspected prostitutes getting into cars, even showing faces and license plate numbers.
Vince Jackson’s family started the page. Jackson said police are not doing enough patrols to put a lid on the issue.
"Everybody knows that Lorain Avenue is the place for prostitutes,” Jackson said. “We are fighting a battle here on our own. You know, we’re doing it without law enforcement.”
A Cleveland Police spokesman would not comment, referring questions to a police commander who he said was not in the office on Tuesday.
However, Ward 15 City Councilman Matt Zone said police have been quietly making arrests, but large scale stings have been put on hold because of legal reasons.
“Just because you don’t see the police officers doesn’t mean they aren’t working,” Zone said. "There is a new protocol that’s being established on how to arrest, not only the prostitutes, but the johns as well and I’ll tell you if you’re a john and you’re coming to this neighborhood looking for sex, you’re in the wrong neighborhood because we’re going to find you and arrest you."
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