CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) - Authorities are cracking down on prostitution and prostitution-related offenses along the McMicken Street corridor and the Clifton area.
The Cincinnati Police Department, along with many partners, has worked extensively on a number of measures to curb the prevalence of these offenses. Officers say traditional law enforcement methods and community-applied pressure have not been effective in significantly reducing prostitution activity in this area.
A prostitution-related homicide occurred in this area on January 9, 2014, underscoring the need for immediate action.
As a result, the Cincinnati Police Department launched a problem-solving project called the McMicken PATH, People Against Trafficking Humans, Project aimed at reducing the frequency of prostitution along the McMicken Street corridor.
On April 30, the City of Cincinnati will install three temporary barricades at designated locations along McMicken Street. The barricades will be in place temporarily in order to interrupt the cruising cycle of those offenders frequenting the area. Officer intend to engage the prostitutes and encourage and assist stakeholders in taking ownership of the McMicken corridor.
Officers hope to create a culture non-conducive of supporting prostitution-related offenses, and sustainable economic growth and neighborhood development. The specific locations of the barricades are as follows:
- McMicken near Straight Street (District Five) – placed east of Straight Street at Kottman Street
- McMicken near Freeman (District One) – placed east of Brighton overpass, just west of Freeman
- McMicken near Race (District One) – East of Race Street
The placement of barricades has been discussed at numerous public meetings of community councils affected by the barricades. In large part, police say they have received an overwhelming amount of support from those who are willing to weather the inconvenience on a temporary basis.