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Partial street closing and intervention to cut prostitution

CINCINNATI (WKRC) -- The temporary barricades meant to cut down on prostitution were taken down on McMicken Street.

But that was not the end of Cincinnati's plans to fight the problem.  Some residents said the barricades didn't work and disrupted bus routes.  But, Cincinnati city council member, Yvette Simpson, said the barricades were a good thing but need some tweaks.
She said the city and county were looking at a host of options including a "prostitution court."  Judges familiar with intervention would  hear solicitation cases.  The sheriff was working on freeing up jail beds where women can detox.  The city was also considering changing traffic flow without a full closing of McMicken.

"But a partial closure is recommended at the bottom of the street, which wasn't as effective because the street is so long. The top was effective. But we've learned some partial closures is one configuration and would allow access to transit and emergency vehicles," Simpson said.

Simpson said council had also approved doubling of fines for Johns and prostitutes when a vehicle was involved.  A first-time offense goes from $500 to a $1,000.

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