— Let­ter from Mid­town Ponce Se­cu­rity Al­liance mem­ber sup­port­ing ban­ish­ment

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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.”

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