Pros­ti­tu­tion em­bar­rass­ing Mon­tego Bay – Mayor Davis

The Star (Jamaica) - - COMMENTS - OKOYE HENRY STAR Writer

Mon­tego Bay’s mayor, Coun­cil­lor Homer Davis, says that de­spite the ef­forts be­ing made to spruce up the city’s im­age, is­sues such as ram­pant pros­ti­tu­tion con­tinue to be a source of ma­jor em­bar­rass­ment for stake­hold­ers.

Davis told WESTERN STAR that although pros­ti­tu­tion has been a long-time thing in Mon­tego Bay, it does not fit in the over­all vi­sion for a re­sort city.

“There is no doubt that there is a pro­lif­er­a­tion of ladies of the night in the city of Mon­tego Bay,” Davis said. “Un­for­tu­nately, there is very little that the St James Mu­nic­i­pal Cor­po­ra­tion can do be­cause, frankly, it is re­ally a police mat­ter.”

Davis said that his hope is that the police will come up with a strat­egy to blunt the nightly in­va­sion by pros­ti­tutes, who are some­times out as early as 7 p.m.

The mayor said that in keep­ing with the long-term plans for the de­vel­op­ment of Mon­tego Bay, it is im­por­tant that the mat­ter is ad­dressed quickly as the city could do with­out the nui­sance and mo­lesta­tion, of which the pros­ti­tutes are some­times ac­cused.

“At our re­cent (mu­nic­i­pal cor­po­ra­tion) meet­ing with the ven­dors, I be­lieve the St James deputy su­per­in­ten­dent spoke to the mat­ter of pros­ti­tu­tion,” said Davis. “The police have the­o­rised that it has cre­ated some level of dis­or­der and I am sure that they will be tak­ing steps to try and min­imise it as much as pos­si­ble be­cause it is an of­fence.”

The pros­ti­tutes fre­quent down­town Mon­tego Bay, par­tic­u­larly Har­bour Street, around the Old Shoes Mar­ket.

Some are known to be very ag­gres­sive, and reg­u­lar fights are a fea­ture of their quest to at­tract the at­ten­tion of po­ten­tial cus­tomers.

“I can re­call just re­cently that the police ar­rested and charged a num­ber of them,” said Davis. “I know that from time to time, the police clamp down on them. So I would imag­ine that it is an on­go­ing ex­er­cise,” he said.


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