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Battling crime: McMicken barricades to keep out hookers and Johns

CINCINNATI (Angela Ingram) -- Cincinnati police say they've faced a battleground for years on McMicken Street stretching all the way from Over-The-Rhine through Fairview and into University Heights.

Previous crackdowns left neighbors frustrated.  Hookers and their customers bring dangerous drugs and violent crime.  Police asked residents and community groups to help come up with a solution and they've gotten creative.
The community wants barriers put up and they will go up starting Wednesday.  Barricades will go up at McMicken near Straight Street, McMicken near Freeman Avenue, and McMicken near Race Street.  People who live in the community say the prostitutes are up and down the street at all times of the day.  Community members with children say they don't want their kids exposed to that.

Police say there is a need for a more aggressive approach.  Neighbors are hoping that the barricades will act as a deterrent for the prostitutes and their Johns.  

Captain Mike John of the Cincinnati Police said, "They know the route they want to take to pick up the women, to get in the car and leave the area very quickly.  And by the placements of the barricades, which are only temporary, it's going to break up their driving pattern.  They're not going to be able to take the routes they're used to taking."

Wednesday police are teaming up with a member of city council to announce more initiatives to deal with prostitution and human trafficking.  They say there is more to the plan than just blocking streets.  Police have been putting together a plan for several months now, working to offer the women help if they want to change their lifestyle.
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