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Their arrests demonstrate the persistent nature of street-level prostitution in Lafayette - a problem largely driven by drug addiction, according to police officers, prosecutors and social workers. Four Corners is prostitutoon of a handful of areas in Lafayette where two groups with strong desires meet to deal - addicts who need money for drugs and men who want sex.
A lot of these girls have STDs sexually transmitted diseases. And a lot of these men picked up in the last operation were married. They bring home these diseases to their wives or girlfriends.
Police keep applying the pressure to areas known for prostitution. It won't solve the problem, they say, but it can create obstacles for the sex trade. Prostitution, drugs work together If 10 women are receiving substance abuse treatment at Acadiana Recovery Center, at least five will have prostituted themselves for powder-form or crack cocaine, said Todd Dugas, service coordinator. And they feel there are no other options.
He said that of the most renowned prostitutes - the ones on a list of about 17 repeat offenders - 95 percent have substance abuse problems. As the drug problems lead to prostitution, prostitution can lead to more problems "Years ago, we had several prostitutes killed," Alfred said. Most of these girls are jumping in a car, and don't know who they are getting in a car prostitutiln.
She was pregnant. They are usually a prostitutoon more cooperative when they face the possibility of hard time. But for the ones who return to the streets, and the men who go looking Santa is looking them, the tack is to keep conducting sting operations in an effort to disrupt the activity.
Recent efforts have focused on sections of Cameron and Ann streets and at Helen and Mary streets, Johnson said. And the parish towns and cities outside Lafayette are grappling with the problem.
Carencro Police Timmy Duhon said his officers arrested women on prostitution charges three times in the last two years at a business on Interstate 49 that has been called, at various times, the Old Tokyo Spa, The Oriental Modeling Studio and Four Season Modeling Studio. Duhon said the business prosttitution closed but has been allowed to re-open after arrests in the past when prpstitution different person applied for an occupation.
But the most well-known area in the parish is the Four Corners area near the intersection of Cameron Street and University Avenue.
Stings have been successful in curbing prostitution there, Johnson said, but the illegal trade has a strong foothold. But the reputation remains. Lou Velta Simmons, nightlite of the neighborhood group La Place de Creole, which represents the Four Corners area, said police have done a good job in recent years keeping prostitution in check.
They've been checking our neighborhood.