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Thanksgiving is traditionally the time when family and friends get together to give thanks and reflect on everything they have. If you don’t have family and friends to get together with, you can always hire a prostitute to be your companion in this time of celebration.
Part of Ypsilanti’s seedy present is that it has a reputation as being a place where one can find and secure the services of said prostitutes. As part of my continuing commitment to public service, I humbly offer you what I hope to become the first in a series of annual reports of what I like to call, “The Dummy’s Guide to Ypsilanti Prostitutes.”
Over the period of time beginning with June and continuing through October of this year, there have been 153 arrests made within the City limits. Of those 153 arrests, 72 came at the corner of Miles and East Michigan. June was the busiest month for arrests in the Miles Street neighborhood with 24, but business was brisk throughout the summer with a solid average of 14 arrests in July, August, and September. October saw a drop to only 5. This could pose a problem for those wishing to find companionship as the weather turns colder.
It should be noted, however, the newly chartered Riverside Neighborhood Association saw a significant increase in prostitution arrests in September and October. The RNA’s 9 arrests during that timeframe rank second with only the aforementioned Miles Street neighborhood doing better business.
The Historic South Side area finished third in arrests over the same time period with 23 from June through October followed closedly by the South Depot Town neighborhood with 21. As I campaigned at the Emmanuel Lutheran Church polling location on North River Street back in August, one of my fellow campaigners pointed out an infamous heroin addict as she turned three tricks that hot August day. I should clarify by saying we didn’t watch as she turned these tricks, but rather we watched as she took her clients behind the church to negotiate services rendered.
Not even Normal Park can say they are immune to the effects of prostitution, but residents there might be quick to point out the single arrest made there was on the border with the Midtown Neighborhood Association.
Sadly, 100% of the prostitution arrests my own Historic East Side Neighborhood Association have come within a block of my house. This can most likely be attributed to the hot zone created on East Michigan Avenune that forces prostitutes north into my neighborhood.
There have been several forums on the increase in property crime in Ypsilanti recently with the most recent being the Monday’s meeting at the Senior Center with Chief Harshberger, County Commissioner Ronnie Peterson, and County Commissioner-elect Ken Schwarz. Many consider prostitution a victimless crime, but when you are finding used condoms in your backyard or on the street in front of your house, someone surely has to be a victim.
The easiest thing you can do as a resident of or visitor to Ypsilanti to help with the challenges we face in fighting prostitution is to STOP COMING HERE TO SOLICIT PROSTITUTES.
While that is probably the most difficult solution to enact, residents should be ever vigilant. Know your neighborhood. Call the Ypsilanti Police Department‘s non-emergency number (734.483.9510) day or night and report suspicious activity.