— Letter from Midtown Ponce Security Alliance member supporting banishment
A letter in support of SOAP posted on the MPSA website states, “We continue to experience a terrible, terrible prostitution problem in this neighborhood. Many times I have walked outside my front door and have witnessed sexual activities taking place, and involving these prostitutes (and, of course, have called 911).
“The police are very responsive, but the problem continues to occur and utilizes valuable resources of the City. We have used condoms littered on the sidewalks and belligerent prostitutes walking the streets at night. There is no question in my mind that drug-use by these prostitutes is occurring as well. The SOAP ordinance may very well be the answer to solving the prostitution problem in my neighborhood.”
Carlos Campos, spokesperson for the APD, said Chief Turner “is pleased that APD will have representation on the task force and looks forward to finding a solution to this critical issue that has a positive outcome for all involved.”