Police Arrest Prostitutes In Sting

By: John Tramontana Email
By: John Tramontana Email

A sting operation has taken a handful of prostitutes off the streets of Lansing's Bingham Community.

"We were able to make 11 arrests in a week and a half period," said Lansing Police Lt. Bruce Ferguson.

Police started scouting the area after receiving numerous complaints from neighbors. Kenneth McQuarrie is one of them.

"You can't go by 10, 15 minutes without seeing a girl walking by the street down there."

McQuarrie says it's been a problem ever since he moved to the neighborhood five years ago.

"I called the cops initially after I first moved in but by the time they arrived the prostitutes had been picked up and gone away at that point."

But police say they persisted and have been working on stings for years.

The sting set up is a simple procedure. An undercover officer approaches a prostitute in an unmarked vehicle, and then invites her in. Once inside, he tries to make friendly conversation with her hoping to get as much information as possible.

Officers say that a prostitution ring often times is the tip of the iceberg... and Ferguson adds prostitution can be a catalyst for other crimes.

"If you allow prostitutes to go into one area and congregate, it brings other issues like drug houses."

Ferguson says sometimes officers ask where they can buy drugs. He adds those investigations are ongoing. Neighbors are hoping more will be arrested and the streets will be cleaned up.

"We don't like that around here because we have kids in the house and stuff," said resident Shanier Stevenson. "If there's more out here I guess they'll get locked up again."

Police expect activity to cool a bit on Kalamazoo Street but suspect it moving elsewhere in the city.

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  • by Joe Location: Lansing on Oct 15, 2007 at 08:44 PM
    Its great to hear about the police cracking down and making arrests, but this is simply not enough.I think all people throughout the city of Lansing, who care about their families and neighbors, need to watch everything. Proper communication with the police is vital to keeping scum out of society and away from our children!!!!!!I don't tolerate scum!!!!
  • by sue Location: Lansing on Oct 15, 2007 at 04:29 PM
    How about arresting the johns and the pimps, too?
  • by Jerry Location: Leslie on Oct 12, 2007 at 08:36 AM
    Will the new cameras that they want help this out????? Ya right!!!
  • by howard Location: holland on Oct 12, 2007 at 06:44 AM
    it don't make sense why these women turn to prostution.but it's been around for centuries.how to stop this?men are just as much blame by seeking out these women.so punishment need to be done on both sides.time in jail,a fine?this has not stopped it in many places.and drugs do go along with for some reason.6 mo to a yr.in jail,thousands in fines,whatever.to stop this drastic measures need inforced.till men stop asking for these woman for whatever reason they have,the women will be there.sad but true.as long as there's demand the product will continue like any business.although the pay is'nt great and std happens at times,plus abuse to these women,they continue to do this as men continue to seek out these women.make laws to stop this,not just a slap on the hand.don't give them the chance to move from area to area,men are everywhere,and will use these moving products.thats all they've become.
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